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Prevalences of HTLV-1 infection and associated risk determinants in an urban population in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
1525-4135
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
157–163
Identifiers
PMID: 11103046
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

The adult population of Guinea-Bissau has a higher prevalence of HTLV-1 than reported from most other countries in West Africa. The gender-and age-specific pattern of spread of HTLV-1 closely resembles that observed for HIV-2, another retrovirus prevalent to the region. The close correlation between HTLV-1 and HIV-2 most likely reflects the shared risk factors related to sexual behavior. The implication of the high percentage of double infections in this population needs to be determined.

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