GERALD Y. MINUK, M.D.; CAROL E. BOHME, B.SC.; TOM J. BOWEN, M.D.
To the editor: Regular sexual partners of patients with acute or chronic type B hepatitis are candidates for active or passive immunoprophylaxis (1-3). Unfortunately, such prophylaxis is often difficult to arrange for casual sexual partners, who may be more numerous and difficult to locate. As an alternative, physicians frequently suggest to patients with hepatitis B that condoms be used when engaging in casual sex. Data to support such advice, however, does not exist to our knowledge.
We added 0.5 mL (400 000 counts/min) of 125I-radiolabeled hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg; provided by Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Illinois) to 2.5 mL
MINUK GY, BOHME CE, BOWEN TJ. Condoms and Hepatitis B Virus Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;104:584. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-4-584_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(4):584.
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