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A cohort study in university students: investigation of risk factors for cytomegalovirus infection

  • E. J. PATRICK (a1), C. D. HIGGINS (a2), D. H. CRAWFORD (a1) and K. A. McAULAY (a3)

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Little is known about the main routes of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) transmission in young adult populations. This study investigated risk factors for HCMV transmission in young adults attending university over a 3-year period. Blood samples were tested for HCMV specific viral capsid antigen IgG by enzyme immunoassay. Being born in a developing country and having lived in Africa were associated with HCMV seropositivity at study onset. No risk factors were associated with HCMV seroconversion over the 3-year follow-up. In contrast to previous reports, sexual activity was not associated with HCMV seroprevalence or seroconversion.

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* Author for correspondence: E. J. Patrick, Centre for Infectious Diseases, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. (Email: edward.patrick.08@aberdeen.ac.uk)

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