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Interesting Read--For the Male WW
      #86931 - 02/11/04 12:50 PM

OBJECTIVE: To study female to male transmission of HIV in married couples with stable sexual life.

METHODS: Among 53 blood-transfused women attending our outpatient care unit concerned with AIDS or presenting symptoms suggestive of HIV infection, 29 (54, 7%) were seropositive. Eleven of these women were selected on account of marriage as well as regular and stable sexual life. Their husbands were interviewed about specific parameters of sexual contact such as number per week, mode, trauma during sexual intercourse, use of condoms, posthetomy, STD, infidelity and mean time between blood transfusion and diagnosis of HIV infection. The following serological tests were performed on the couples: ELISA (Genetic Systems. Abbott) and Immunofluorescence for anti-HIV-1; ELISA (Genetic Systems) for anti-HIV-2; Inno-LIA (Innogenetics) anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-2; Antigenaemia (Virosnostika HIV antigen EIA).

RESULTS: All 11 husbands were negative for anti-HIV antibodies (HIV-1 and HIV-2) and antigen detection tests. These 11 seronegative husbands had a mean of three sexual intimate contacts per week without use of condoms including oro-oral (100%); vaginal intercourse (100%); oral-vaginal (45,5%); anal intercourse (45,5%); oral-anal (36,4%); vaginal intercourse during menses (27,3%). Three of them referred sexual trauma with small wounds in penis after intercourse. None of them presented S.T.D. The mean of intimate sexual contact from blood transfusion to the diagnosis of HIV infection was approximately 46 months. All 11 women were HIV-1 positive and HIV-2 negative.

CONCLUSIONS: 1) Heterosexual transmission from HIV infected female to male was not observed in the present study. 2) Husbands of wives infected by blood transfusion should be the best model for research of heterosexual female to male transmission in countries where the quality control of blood and blood products is still less than adequate.

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      #94066 - 04/01/04 05:51 PM

This is encouraging. Thank you for the information

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