LAWRENCE MINTZ, M.D.; W. LAWRENCE DREW, M.D., Ph.D.; RICHARD C. MINER, B.A.; ERWIN H. BRAFF, M.D.
Levels of cytomegalovirus antibody (IgG and IgM) were measured and urine viral cultures were done in 237 homosexual men over a mean period of 14.1 months. The initial prevalence of cytomegalovirus IgG antibody was 86.9%. By the 9th month of follow-up, 71% of serosusceptible men had become infected with cytomegalovirus. During the study period cytomegaloviruria was noted in 32% of seropositive men. Cytomegalovirus IgM antibody was intermittently present in the serum of 95% of IgG-seropositive men, suggesting that frequent reactivation of latent infection or reexposure to exogenous virus had occurred. Of seven sexual practices investigated, only passive anal-genital intercourse correlated with the acquisition of cytomegalovirus infection (p =0.008).
MINTZ L, DREW WL, MINER RC, et al. Cytomegalovirus Infections in Homosexual Men: An Epidemiological Study. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:326–329. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-3-326
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