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Klin Wochenschr. 1985 Mar 1;63(5):233-5.

Seroepidemiology of HTLV-III (LAV) in the Federal Republic of Germany.


In 1984 10,281 sera were collected in the FRG and examined for antibodies to HTLV-III (LAV) with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and confirmative tests. Of the German AIDS patients 81% have antibodies. Individuals belonging to AIDS risk groups, homosexuals, haemophiliacs and i.v. drug abusers, have antibody frequencies between 25%-72%. The detection of HTLV-III antibodies in blood donors indicates that the virus is being transmitted by blood transfusions.

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