ROBERT MCNAIR SCOTT, M.D.; WILLIAM H. BANCROFT, M.D.; RAPIN SNITBHAN, M.D.
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To the editor: The article by Reiner and associates in the February issue (1) presents evidence to support de facto parenteral transmission as a source of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections in homosexual men. Previously published data (2) support this hypothesis, suggesting that a similar mode of transmission may occur during heterosexual relations. Among American troops in Thailand there was a significant association between reported penile abrasions at the time of coitus and acquisition of HBV infection (2). Reiner and associates cite another work (3) as indicating "that feeding sub-human primates HBsAg-positive saliva results in infection only if preceded by
SCOTT RM, BANCROFT WH, SNITBHAN R. Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:147. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-147_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):147.
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