Electrofusion and EBV transformation were studied by immortalizing human PBLs from blood of HIV-1-positive volunteers. A panel of 33 cell lines producing human monoclonal antibodies (Hu-MAbs) against HIV-1 was established by cell fusion or EBV transformation. For the first fusion experiments the source of B lymphocytes was peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected donors in CDC stages II or III with CD4 cell counts higher than 500/mm3. Later on, from these patients only, those with high anti-HIV titers were chosen as blood donors. By that means the yield of stable specific hybridomas was increased twofold. In our experiments electrofusion turned out to be a more efficient immortalization method than EBV transformation, due to a high and constant immortalization rate. The hybridomas were stable after intensive subcloning and could be cultivated over a period of 8 months without loss in monoclonal antibody production. Immunoglobulin class, subtype, reactivity against HIV-1 proteins, Western blot patterns, immunofluorescence, and epitopes were characterized. The subtype of all antibodies was IgG1 or IgG3. The light chain was predominantly kappa. All antibodies showed reactivity against HIV-1 envelope or core protein. All hybridomas were stable and suited for mass production. Several Hu-MAbs are becoming an important tool in the field of diagnosis, research, and immunotherapy.