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Transmission of HIV-1 infection by oroanal intercourse.
  1. S K Gill,
  2. C Loveday,
  3. R J Gilson
  1. University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London, UK.


    We report the cases of two homosexual men, one of whom is believed to have been infected with HIV-1 during oroanal intercourse with the other, his only current sexual partner. Both patients had sero-conversion illnesses with similar symptoms and signs, and of similar duration. The practise of oroanal intercourse is known to be associated with the transmission of enteric infections and has been implicated in the epidemiology of Kaposi's sarcoma. These well-documented cases indicate that HIV-1 may also be transmitted by this route and supports a cautious approach to recommendations regarding "safer" sex.

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