"AIDS Treatment News" online * New Issue #302 (searchable/indexed)

Carlton Hogan carlton at walleye.ccbr.umn.edu
Fri Oct 16 12:29:55 EST 1998

In article <701212$fgc at dfw-ixnews6.ix.netcom.com>,
F. Frank LeFever <flefever at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>In <362177ef.466773006 at netnews.worldnet.att.net>
>johnburgin at worldnet.att.net writes: 
>>On Fri, 25 Sep 1998 11:27:34 +1000, Leonard Pattenden
>><ddlpatte at mailbox.uq.edu.au> wrote:
>>>On 24 Sep 1998 johnburgin at worldnet.att.net wrote:
> clinicians who can't
>>>> understand why an HIV positive test shouldn't confer immunity like
>>>> every other disease
>I'm sorry, I don't have the patience to trace out the long, twisting
>lines of authorship in this embarassing thread (much more heat than
>light, much ad hominem, rare citations), but this statement caught my
>eye.  I asked my gastroenterologist if my having antibodies to
>helicobacter pylori was a source of hope.  I don't know if he
>understands why, but he knows it does not mean immunity from gastric
>ulcers.  I woonder if there are not a few other diseases for which a
>positive test does not "confer" (imply??) immunity?

There are dozens. There are even what is called "enhancing" antiboies,
where the Ab-Ag complex is more deleterious to the host than Ag alone.


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