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Italian Vaccine
Jun 22, 2003

As you are probably awarre of trials of an italian hiv vaccine are beggining shortly. But they say that they are recruting hiv-1 patients for the study. Does this mean that the vaccine definatly wont work on hiv-2 or that they are similar enough so there is no need?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I believe the vaccine is specific for HIV-1. It is possible that there may be some benefit in those who are HIV-2 infected. The viruses are sufficiently different in genetic sequence and also in natural history.



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