Risk of HTLV-III/LAV Transmission to Household Contacts

Eva A. Operskalski, James W. Mosley, Louis H. Philipson, Allan L. Lorincz, Clement J. Mcdonald, Michael P. Rogers, Gerald Friedland, Brian Saltzman, Patricia Kahl, Martin Lesser, Marguerite Mayers, Cheryl Feiner, Robert Klein, Martha Rogers

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To the Editor: The study by Friedland and colleagues (Feb. 6 issue)1 of intrahousehold transmission of human T-cell lymphotropic virus Type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (HTLV-III/LAV) is a very useful addition to the small amount of systematically obtained evidence available. We agree with their conclusion that nonsexual household contacts are at minimum risk of infection, but think it is premature to conclude that there is no risk. Longer intervals of exposure than those observed may pose some hazard. In their discussion, Friedland et al. suggested that hepatitis B virus (HBV) spreads horizontally among nonsexual household contacts but that HTLV-III/LAV does not. As.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-259
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 24 1986

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