HBeAg(+) and sex ratio of offspring: Evidence form Taiwan's three million newborns
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Human Biology
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 541–544, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Lin, M.-J., Chen, P.-J. and Luoh, M.-C. (2012), HBeAg(+) and sex ratio of offspring: Evidence form Taiwan's three million newborns. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 24: 541–544. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22267
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 26 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 26 OCT 2011
Mothers sero-positive for hepatitis B are slightly more likely to have a son. It is not known whether it is ever having HBV (HBsAg[+]) or currently active HBV (HBeAg[+]) which is associated with having a son.
Multivariable linear regression was used to assess the adjusted association of HBeAg(+) with offspring sex in all (90%) births (∼3 million) in Taiwan from 1988 to 1999.
Totally, 5% of mothers were HBeAg(+). HBeAg(+) mothers were slightly more likely to have a son (sex ratio 108 rather than 106) adjusted for HBsAg, birth order, mother's age, birth year, and area of residence.
At a population level HBV status makes little difference to the sex ratio at birth. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.