No significant HTLV seroprevalence in German people who inject drugs

Oliver Hohn, Stephen Norley, Claudia Kücherer, Ali Bazarbachi, Hiba El Hajj, Ulrich Marcus, Ruth Zimmermann & Norbert Bannert
Background: Although human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) is transmitted via the same routes as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), its worldwide seroprevalence differs drastically because HTLV is transmitted mainly via infected cells rather than free virus. The sharing of needles and other equipment places people who inject drugs (PWID) at particularly high-risk for such blood-borne diseases. Methods: To validate the methodology used to process and analyze the dried blood spots (DBS) utilized in the study, dried serum...
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