Active or prior GB virus C infection does not protect against vertical transmission of HIV in coinfected women from Tanzania.
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.
Weintrob, AC; Hamilton, JD; Hahn, C; Klinzman, D; Moyo, G; Zdunek, D; Hess, G; Benjamin, DK; Stapleton, JT
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