R. Benamouzig, MD; V. Ezratty, MD; S. Chaussade, MD
To the Editors: Recently, Everhart and colleagues (1) failed to show serologic evidence of sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among 42 sexual contacts of patients with chronic non-A, non-B (type C) hepatitis. We report data suggesting the sexual transmission of HCV in a population of young, sexually active women. Forty-eight pregnant women positive for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus (anti-HIV) (mean age, 24 ± 2 years) were tested for antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV) by enzyme immunoassay (Ortho Diagnostics, Raritan, New Jersey). Tests for antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) (Abbott Laboratories, North
Benamouzig R, Ezratty V, Chaussade S. Risk for Type C Hepatitis through Sexual Contact. Ann Intern Med. ;113:638. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-8-638_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(8):638.
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