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Human herpesvirus 6 DNA in blood cells of human immunodeficiency virus-infected men: correlation of high levels with high CD4 cell counts.


J Infect Dis. 1994 Jun;169(6):1342-5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The relationship between human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and the progression of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection to AIDS was evaluated using the polymerase chain reaction to quantitate HHV-6 genome equivalents in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and saliva of 32 HIV-1-seropositive men. Unlike other herpesviruses, HHV-6 was found with higher frequency and in higher copy numbers of HIV-infected men with high rather than low CD4 cell counts. Among subjects with > 400 CD4 cells/mL, 100% had detectable HHV-6 genomes in PBMC compared with 57.9% of subjects with < 400 CD4 cells/mL (P < .05). There was no significant correlation between HHV-6 antibody titer or number of amplifiable copies of HHV-6 DNA in saliva and stage of HIV disease or CD4 cell number.

Adult AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/IMMUNOLOGY/*MICROBIOLOGY CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/CYTOLOGY/*IMMUNOLOGY DNA, Viral/*BLOOD Herpesviridae Infections/*COMPLICATIONS/MICROBIOLOGY Herpesvirus 6, Human/GENETICS/*ISOLATION & PURIF Human Leukocyte Count Male Middle Age Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. JOURNAL ARTICLE


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