Sajid Azeem Oureshi.
Is AIDS an autoimmune disease?.
Pak J Pathol Jan ;11(4):28-31.
Attempts to understand a disease process require a consideration of its associations. In the case of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), however, research has largely departed from the tradition of regarding a disease as the outcome of a constellation of factors. First recognized in 1981 and its causative agent identified as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), it is still possible to consider AIDS as an autoimmune disease. An "autoimmune process", by definition, involves the production of autoantibodies and "autoimmune disease" refers to the pathological state as a direct consequence of an autoimmune process. This is a review article.
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