[Presence of HTLV-I antibodies in patients with sexually transmitted diseases]

Vopr Virusol. May-Jun 1998;43(3):124-6.
[Article in Russian]


The prevalence of human T-lymphotropic type I virus (HTLV-I) among patients with sexually-transmitted diseases is studied in Russia. Primary screening of antibodies to HTLV-I in the sera was carried out by enzyme immunoassay with recombinant gag and env HTLV-I-specific antigens synthesized in Escherichia coli. For secondary screening, Serodia HTLV-I and Vironostika Microelisa System kits were used. None of the 1271 serum samples collected in the towns of Perm and Ekaterinburg was HTLV-I-positive. This indicates a lower, in comparison with other European countries, level of infection with this virus, at least in this region of Russia. Testing of sera from 79 HIV-infected patients revealed none infected with HTLV-I.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • HTLV-I Antibodies / blood*
  • HTLV-I Infections / complications
  • HTLV-I Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Russia / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / complications
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / immunology*


  • HTLV-I Antibodies