Comment on "The Origins of Sexually Transmitted HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men"

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Science Translational Medicine  22 Sep 2010:
Vol. 2, Issue 50, pp. 50le1
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001416

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Whether HIV from seminal cells or free HIV in semen is the origin of transmitted virus has important implications for the design of transmission prevention strategies. We found that a recent claim that HIV originates from seminal plasma and not from seminal cells was erroneous, because it was based on biological specimens that had been mislabeled, mixed-up, or contaminated. The origin of transmitted virus from semen therefore remains an open question.


  • Citation: L. Heath, L. M. Frenkel, B. T. Foley, J. I. Mullins, Comment on "The origins of sexually transmitted HIV among men who have sex with men." Sci. Transl. Med. 2, 50le1 (2010).

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