MARTIN J. BLASER, M.D.
To the editor: Moses and Moses (1), having surveyed lifestyles and medical practices in rural Haiti, were not able to implicate a mode of transmission or predisposition to development of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Examination of epidemiologic considerations may offer an explanation of transmission. In the United States, this syndrome primarily involves sexually active male homosexuals, hemophiliacs, recipients of blood products, and intravenous drug abusers. This pattern strongly suggests that, similar to transmission of hepatitis B, transmission of the syndrome is via blood or other secretions. Worldwide, infectious agents with this pattern are primarily spread via vertical, venereal, or vector-borne
BLASER MJ. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Possibly Arthropod-Borne. Ann Intern Med. ;99:877. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-6-877_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(6):877.
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