Human herpesvirus-8 infection among heterosexual partners of patients with classical Kaposi's sarcoma

L. Brambilla, V. Boneschi, S. Ferrucci, M. Taglioni, E. Berti

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Abstract

Background: DNA sequences of human herpesvirus-8 (HHV8) are found in lesions of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Objectives: To verify the hypothesis of the sexual transmission of HHV8 infection. Methods: We used the immunoperoxidase assay to study the prevalence of serum antibodies to HHV8-related antigens in 27 consorts of patients with classical KS, and in a control group of 25 healthy women. Results: Forty-four per cent of the study group were positive, compared with 8% of the controls. Conclusions: The sexual route may be one of the possible ways of transmission of the HHV8 virus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1021-1025
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume143
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Classical Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Consorts
  • Human herpesvirus-8
  • Serum antibodies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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