ARTHUR E. PITCHENICK, M.D.; MARGARET A. FISCHL, M.D.
To the editor: In the February 1982 issue, Reiner and associates (1) presented evidence for parenteral transmission of hepatitis B virus via sexual contact among homosexual men. They also referred to an unpublished study in which oral-anal and genital-anal intercourse among homosexual men correlated most strongly with serologic evidence of hepatitis B virus infection. The epidemiologic findings of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are suggestive of a new infectious agent (perhaps a virus) that is transmissible via the blood and also sexually, similar to hepatitis B. In fact, a high percent of patients with the syndrome have antibody evidence of past infection
ARTHUR E. PITCHENICK, MARGARET A. FISCHL. Prevention of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:558–559. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-558_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):558-559.
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