Prevalence of HTLV-III/LAV Antibodies among Haitians

Arthur E. Pitchenik, Thomas J. Spira, Robert Elie, Margaret A. Fischl, Jane P. Getchell, Emmanuel Arnoux, Gerard D. Pierre, A. Claude Laroche, Jean Michel Guerin, Rodolphe Malebranche

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To the Editor: The prevalence of antibodies to the human T-cell lymphotropic virus Type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (HTLV-III/LAV) has been reported in various groups at increased risk for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)1: 22 to 65 per cent in homosexual men, 87 per cent in intravenous drug abusers admitted to a detoxification program in New York City, and 56 to 72 per cent in persons with hemophilia A. Although persons born in Haiti have been considered to be at increased risk for AIDS, the prevalence of antibodies to HTLV-III/LAV has not been reported among randomly selected Haitian populations living in.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1706
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 27 1985

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