Soichiro Terada, MD; Koichi Kawanishi, MD; Katayama Kazuhiko, MD
To the Editors: Both hepatitis B virus and cytomegalovirus are known to be transmitted sexually. To assess the possibility that hepatitis C virus (HCV), a known blood-based infection, could be transmitted by sexual intercourse, samples of serum, semen, and urine were examined for HCV RNA using the polymerase chain reaction.
Informed consent was obtained from six men with antibody to HCV (anti-HCV) positivity and chronic hepatitis (mean age, 46.8 ± 11.7 years). They denied homosexual behavior and intravenous drug abuse; half had a history of blood transfusion. Semen samples were obtained after urine samples were collected to prevent contamination
Terada S, Kawanishi K, Kazuhiko K. Minimal Hepatitis C Infectivity in Semen. Ann Intern Med. ;117:171–172. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-2-171_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(2):171-172.
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