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Ocular infection by chlamydial agents in HIV infected patients.
Hayashi S; Belfort R Jr; Muccioli C; Scarpi MJ; Escola Paulista de
November 30, 1993
Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9(1):313 (abstract no. PO-B06-1068). Unique

Ocular infection by chlamydial agents among HIV infected and AIDS patients have never been well assessed. To determine the presence of chlamydial agents in the conjunctiva of HIV infected population, we analyzed 30 consecutive patients. Conjunctival swabs were collected from the upper tarsal conjunctiva of all patients for analysis by direct fluorescent-antibody cytology Microtrack, SYVA). All patients had a complete ophthalmologic examination. Their ages varied from 14 to 51 y (X = 35.5). Twenty-five patients (83%) were positive, presenting a mean rate of 22 typical apple-green fluorescing elementary bodies per field 6 to 68). None of the patients presented clinical symptoms or signs of conjunctival infection. These findings may represent a change in the epidemiology of the Chlamydial infection.

*AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/COMPLICATIONS *Chlamydia Infections/COMPLICATIONS *Conjunctivitis, Bacterial/COMPLICATIONS *HIV Infections/COMPLICATIONS