Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-II (HTLV-II) infection is endemic in indigenous groups in the Americas and injection drug users (IDUs) worldwide. In Peru, HTLV-II infection was previously identified in two indigenous Amazonians. We examined risk factors for HTLV-II infection in 2,703 Peruvian men who have sex with men (MSM): 35 (1.3%) were HTLV-II positive. HTLV-II infection was associated with syphilis, HSV-2 infection, unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and older age. This is the first report of HTLV-II in a non-indigenous non-IDU population in Peru. Additional studies are needed to determine if HTLV-II is a sexually transmitted infection in this and other sexually active populations. Copyright © 2006 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
|State||Published - 1 May 2006|
Zunt, J. R., La Rosa, A. M., Peinado, J., Lama, J. R., Suarez, L., Pun, M., Cabezas, C., & Sanchez, J. (2006). Risk factors for HTLV-II infection in Peruvian men who have sex with men. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 922-925.