MICHAEL MARMOR, Ph.D.; LEE R. WEISS, M.D.; MARGARET LYDEN, R.N., M.P.H.; STANLEY H. WEISS, M.D.; W. CARL SAXINGER, Ph.D.; THOMAS J. SPIRA, M.D.; PAUL M. FEORINO, Ph.D.
To the editor: A case of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in a lesbian without any recognized risk factors was reported in 1984 (1). Consistent with that observation, we report the apparent female-to-female sexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Patient 1, a 25-year-old white woman and a parenteral drug abuser, presented in November 1981 with unexplained weight loss. She had cervical lymphadenopathy and subsequently became chronically ill and developed anergy to skin-test antigens. In July 1984 a biopsy sample of the left axillary lymph node disclosed Kaposi's sarcoma, and antibodies to HIV were found by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and
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MARMOR M, WEISS LR, LYDEN M, WEISS SH, SAXINGER WC, SPIRA TJ, et al. Possible Female-to-Female Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:969. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-969_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):969.
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