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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Oct 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy