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HIV Antibodies
Jul 17, 2006

If the immune system develops antibodies against HIV why is this not enough to fight off the virus completely or opress it all the infected person's life?

Response from Dr. Conway

The antibodies are not potent enough to eliminate HIV from the body and they are completely ineffective at eliminating the virus that is present inside the cells. Further, the virus has the ability to mutate so that the antibodies directed against it are soon not effective at all.

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