A cohort study in university students: investigation of risk factors for cytomegalovirus infection

Patrick, EJ; Higgins, CD; Crawford, DH; McAulay, KA; (2013) A cohort study in university students: investigation of risk factors for cytomegalovirus infection. Epidemiology and infection, 142 (9). pp. 1990-1995. ISSN 0950-2688 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268813002720

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Little is known about the main routes of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) transmission in young adult populations. This study investigated risk factors for HCMV transmission in young adults attending university over a 3-year period. Blood samples were tested for HCMV specific viral capsid antigen IgG by enzyme immunoassay. Being born in a developing country and having lived in Africa were associated with HCMV seropositivity at study onset. No risk factors were associated with HCMV seroconversion over the 3-year follow-up. In contrast to previous reports, sexual activity was not associated with HCMV seroprevalence or seroconversion.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Antibodies, Viral, blood, immunology, Antigens, Viral, immunology, Cohort Studies, Cytomegalovirus Infections, blood, epidemiology, Female, Humans, Immunoglobulin G, blood, Male, Risk Factors, Students, Universities, Young Adult
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
PubMed ID: 24160893
Web of Science ID: 340249200022
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1924307


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