MARTIN J. BLASER, M.D.
To the editor: The report by Vogt and associates (1) indicates that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may be isolated from cervical secretions of infected women at any point during the menstrual cycle, and that cervical secretions may yield HIV while simultaneous blood cultures are negative. However, the likelihood of a positive cervical culture does not appear constant throughout the menstrual cycle. My review of Figure 1 shows that 4 of 7 cervical cultures obtained during menses were positive compared with only 3 of 17 obtained outside menses (p = 0.077, Fisher's exact test). All three women who were healthy
BLASER MJ. Isolation of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from Cervical Secretions During Menses. Ann Intern Med. ;106:912. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-912_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):912.
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