Mar 9, 2003
How will one tell the difference between antibodies produced in response to an AIDS Vaccine to those produced in reaction to HIV?
| Response from Dr. Young
Great question-- the answer will depend on what parts of HIV are used to generate the vaccine.
In general, natural infection generates a variety of antibodies- detected on Western blot testing. By contrast, vaccination with a limited number of viral proteins, should produce only a limited number of antibodies, as measured by the same test.
This is actually how we can readily distinguish between natural- and vaccine-related antibodies to hepatitis B. -BY
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