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Vaccine. 2008 Jun 6;26(24):3002-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.11.062. Epub 2007 Dec 18.

Not just sheer luck! Immune correlates of protection against HIV-1 infection.

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  • 1DISP LITA Vialba, Milano, University Medical School, Milano, Italy. luca.piacentini@unimi.it


Susceptibility to HIV infection is widely different among individuals, and it is known that individuals can be identified who are repeatedly exposed to HIV but in whom neither infection nor disease are seen. The possibility that sheer luck is not the only determinant of this phenomenon begun to be considered in 1989 when it was reported that T cell responses to HIV proteins could be detected in antibody-negative sexual partners of known HIV-positive men. In this review, we will summarize the body of knowledge that stemmed from that first observation.

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