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Research Article

Risk of AIDS related complex and AIDS in homosexual men with persistent HIV antigenaemia.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 295 doi: (Published 05 September 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;295:569
  1. F de Wolf,
  2. J Goudsmit,
  3. D A Paul,
  4. J M Lange,
  5. C Hooijkaas,
  6. P Schellekens,
  7. R A Coutinho,
  8. J van der Noordaa
  1. Department of Virology, University of Amsterdam.


    One hundred and ninety eight men seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody and 58 HIV antibody seroconverters were studied for an average of 19.3 (SEM 0.5) months to assess the relation between HIV antigenaemia and the risk of developing the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related complex. Forty (20.2%) of the 198 HIV antibody seropositive men were antigen positive at entry and remained so during follow up. Eight (13.8%) of the 58 HIV antibody seroconverters and 20 (12.7%) of the remaining 158 HIV antibody seropositive men became antigen positive during follow up, resulting in an end point attack rate for HIV antigenaemia of 14.3%. AIDS related complex was diagnosed in 25 (15.8%) of the HIV antigen negative men and in 14 (20.7%) of the HIV antigen positive men. AIDS was diagnosed in 15 men, resulting in an end point attack rate for AIDS of 23.9% in the HIV antigen positive group and 1.3% in the antigen negative group. HIV antibody seropositive men without symptoms but with persistent HIV antigenaemia are at increased risk of developing AIDS and AIDS related complex.