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Overall, the time to AIDS after HIV-2 infection is longer than with HIV-1, and many individuals infected with HIV-2 virus remain healthy throughout their lives. Multiple HLA and KIR gene products have been implicated in the control of HIV-1, but the effect of variation at these loci on HIV-2 disease is unknown. We show here for the first time that HLA-B*1503 is associated significantly with poor prognosis after HIV-2 infection and that HLA-B*0801 is associated with susceptibility to infection. Interestingly, previous data indicate that HLA-B*1503 is associated with low viral loads in HIV-1 clade B infection but has no significant effect on viral load in clade C infection. In general, alleles strongly associated with HIV-1 disease showed no effect in HIV-2 disease. These data emphasize the unique nature of the effects of HLA and HLA/KIR combinations on HIV-2 immune responses relative to HIV-1, which could be related to their distinct clinical course.

Original publication




Journal article


J Virol

Publication Date





8202 - 8208


Adult, Africa, Western, Aged, Disease Progression, Ethnic Groups, Female, Gene Frequency, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genotype, HIV Infections, HIV-2, HLA-B Antigens, HLA-B8 Antigen, Histocompatibility Antigens Class I, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Polymorphism, Genetic, Receptors, KIR