ROBERT K. BOLAN, M.D.; WILLIAM F. OWEN JR., M.D.; ROBERT L. OWEN, M.D.
To the editor: Reiner and coauthors (1) present evidence for de facto parenteral transmission of hepatitis B through specific sexual activities in gay men and provide more information on the complex puzzle of disease and data collection in this population. We present four points for consideration.
First, in a study of sexual transmission of hepatitis A, Corey and Holmes (2) found the acquisition of hepatitis B significantly correlated with the frequency of anal receptive intercourse but not with analingus. This finding contrasts with the unpublished data cited by the authors on the risk of analingus.
Second, because the prevalence of
BOLAN RK, OWEN WF, OWEN RL. Hepatitis B and Sexual Practices. Ann Intern Med. ;96:678. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-5-678_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(5):678.
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