The Prevalence of HTLV-III/LAV Antibodies among Intravenous Drug Users Attending Treatment Programs in California: A Preliminary Report

Norman Levy, James R. Carlson, Steven Hinrichs, Nicholas Lerche, Marc Schenker, Murray B. Gardner

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To the Editor: Intravenous drug use is the primary risk factor in 17 percent of the cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) reported in the United States, and intravenous drug users constitute the second largest risk group after homosexual men.1 Recently, antibodies to human T-cell lymphotropic virus Type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (HTLV-III/LAV) were also detected in as many as 87 percent of patients undergoing drug detoxification who did not have diagnosed AIDS.2 3 4 Most AIDS cases associated with intravenous drug use, however, have occurred in the northeastern United States, with the greatest concentration in the New York City–New Jersey area.3 Similarly, most.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 1986


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