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Chronic Hepatitis B in Asymptomatic Homosexual Men with Antibody to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

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Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):382-383. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-382
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The discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (formerly known as HTLV-III/LAV) as the causative agent of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has led to the commercial availability of tests to detect antibody to one or more viral coded proteins. The most frequently used method is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and reproducibly reactive tests done with this method are highly specific for antibody to the virus (1). In high-risk populations, such as homosexual men, the human immunodeficiency virus has been isolated from a single blood specimen in 67% to 95% of persons with a positive test for antibody (1, 2).


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