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Colonization in Groin Linked to MRSA Infection in Adults With HIV

March 15, 2013

Researchers report that HIV-infected adults are more likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections if the patients have a history of MRSA colonization in the groin or they have had a prior MRSA infection acquired from the community or a health care setting. MRSA colonization is more prevalent among HIV-infected people than among the general U.S. population.

To determine the MRSA risk related to colonization, researchers recruited 600 patients from the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The participants provided a baseline specimen from the anterior nares and groin and supplied two additional specimens at subsequent clinic visits over the next two years. The study aimed to identify participants with MRSA colonization in the nares and the groin and to diagnose MRSA infections.

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