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reinfection of non-progressor

Jul 31, 2011

hello. thank you for your column. my question is, if a genetic non-progressor was reinfected years after the initial infection, could they still have genetic viability against the new infection,or would it depend on viral strain,mutation,etc. thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Great question. We don't have a lot of data to answer this question, but in my opinion the answer would likely be yes. But as you point out, there are many factors that could come in to play as to whether someone could control a new infection, given that their immune system is primed to control one infection, and would it be able to control another strain.

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