Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T‐cell lymphotropic virus

T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP

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Abstract

We interviewed 51 blood donors in four major US metropolitan areas subsequently found to have had antibodies to human T-cell lymphotrophic virus (anti-HTLV) in late 1984-early 1985. Sixteen donors (31%) reported that they or a sexual contact had a history of blood transfusion. Twelve donors (24%) reported that they or a sexual contact used intravenous drugs. Ten donors (20%) were blacks born in the southeastern US. Four of the male donors (15%) reported homosexual contact. The most common characteristic was an association with Japan or the Caribbean basin (61%). These rsults show a broader variation of epidemiologic backgrounds than anticipated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-748
Number of pages3
JournalTransfusion
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Hematology

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    T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP, & T̊ANSFUSION SAFETY STUDY GROUP (1989). Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T‐cell lymphotropic virus. Transfusion, 29(8), 746-748. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1537-2995.1989.29890020448.x