Hepatitis B virus and delta infection in male homosexuals


zum Büschenfelde I. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Langenbeckstraße 1 D-6500 Mainz, F.R.G.


ABSTRACT— Six hundred and sixty-six homosexuals were analysed in respect of hepatitis B virus and delta infections. Evidence of ongoing or recent hepatitis B virus infection was found in 450/666 (67.6%) homosexuals; 44 were HBsAg positive. Anti-delta was found in two HBsAg-positive homosexuals. Both individuals had a non-replicative form of HBV infection and biochemical evidence of liver disease. The study confirms that HBV infection is frequent in homosexuals and indicates that delta-infection is rare in male homosexuals.