Active or Prior GB Virus C Infection Does Not Protect against Vertical Transmission of HIV in Coinfected Women from Tanzania

Weintrob, Amy C.; Hamilton, John D.; Hahn, Christine; Klinzman, Donna; Moyo, Gustav; Zdunek, Dietmar; Hess, Georg; Benjamin, Jr., Daniel K.; Stapleton, Jack T.
March 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;3/15/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p46
Academic Journal
To determine whether GB virus C (GBV-C) infection is associated with protection against vertical transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), we tested 186 HIV positive pregnant women for GBV-C. Neither active nor prior GBV-C infection was associated with a lower rate of HIV acquisition among infants. Thus, GBV-C does not appear to protect against perinatal HIV acquisition.


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