Viral coinfections among African children infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1.
Chakraborty R., Rees G., Bourboulia D., Cross AM., Dixon JR., D'Agostino A., Musoke R., Boshoff C., Rowland-Jones SL., Klenerman P.
City-dwelling children from Kenya who were infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) were tested for coinfection with cytomegalovirus (CMV), human T cell lymphotropic viruses 1 and 2, Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), or hepatitis B, C, and G viruses. All children were found to be coinfected with CMV, whereas 5% had hepatitis G virus coinfection and 15% had KSHV coinfection. A protective role for hepatitis G virus cannot be excluded but likely affects only a minority of HIV-1-infected African children.