Relationship of menstrual cycle and vaginal infection in female rhesus macaques challenged with repeated, low doses of SIVmac251

Monica R. Morris, Siddappa N. Byrareddy, Francois Villinger, Tara C. Henning, Katherine Butler, Aftab A. Ansari, Janet M. McNicholl, Ellen N. Kersh

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Varying susceptibility during menstrual cycling could be a factor for S(H)IV infection risk in female rhesus macaques. We retrospectively determined vaginal SIV infection time points relative to the menstrual cycle in a group of rhesus macaques (n=11) enrolled in an HIV transmission trial. Eight of nine rhesus macaques became infected around menstruation time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of medical primatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015



  • Menstrual cycle
  • Progesterone
  • Rhesus macaque
  • SIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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