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Pourahamad M, Hooshmand F, Olyaee Nezhad S, Sepidkar A. EBV Seroepidemiology in Married and Unmarried Women and Men in Iran. rbmb.net. 2014; 2 (2) :94-97
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Department of Surgery, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
Abstract:   (3153 Views)

Background: Among the eight known human herpes viruses, Epstein- Barr virus (EBV) is considered to be sexually transmissible. This study was conducted to evaluate the seroepidemiology of this infection in married and unmarried Iranian couples.

Methods: In this comparative observational and cross-sectional study, 160 men and women were divided into married and unmarried groups. Serum IgG and IgM antibodies to the EBV viral capsid antigen were analyzed by Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs).

Results: In this study 78 men and 82 women were enrolled. Ninety percent of the married and 76.2% of the unmarried women were anti-EBV IgG positive (P = 0.08), while 80% of the married and 94% of the unmarried men were antiEBV IgG positive (P = 0.052).

Conclusion: Seroepidemiology of EBV is not significantly different in married vs. unmarried women and men in Iran; therefore, sexual contact may not be the primary mechanism of EBV transmission in Iran and other developing countries. Attention to other possible routes of transmission is recommended.

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Subject: Microbiology
Received: 2016/08/21 | Accepted: 2016/08/21 | Published: 2016/08/21

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