Immunology and AIDS

A laboratory exercise produced at the University of Arizona by William J. Grimes, Linda Chambers, and Martha Narro.

1996: 13,000 people are infected by HIV each day.


The purpose of this activity is to review the immune system, and explore how the system can both protect us and provide experimental tools to detect disease causing agents. We will provide a laboratory simulation of the spread of a hypothetical disease causing agent in the classroom, and show how the presence of antibodies in a sample of body fluid can be used to determine if individuals are infectious. We will also consider the transmission of contagious disease and the societal implications of the use of experimental test results for immune crippling diseases like AIDS. Finally, we discuss recent advances in AIDS treatment.

Teacher instructions

Immunology review

The ELISA test

Student instructions

Laboratory questions

Aids background

WWW addresses and Aids