Jay M. Barnett, MD; Michael Plotnick, MD; Kenneth C. Fine, MD
To the Editors: Human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1), responsible for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), has multiple mechanisms of transmission; these include high-risk sexual practices such as anal receptive intercourse. Despite efforts to promote risk reduction, there is some indication that this type of activity continues in at-risk groups. Many disinfectants, including 70% isopropyl alcohol, rapidly and effectively inactivate the HIV virus. Although toxicity resulting from oral, respiratory, and cutaneous absorption of isopropyl alcohol are well described, rectal administration of isopropyl alcohol has only been reported once, in the setting of a suicide attempt (1). We report a case of
Barnett JM, Plotnick M, Fine KC. Intoxication after an Isopropyl Alcohol Enema. Ann Intern Med. ;113:638–639. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-8-638_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(8):638-639.
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