This study was designed to assess the relative contributions of HIV transmission category and immunodeficiency to the risk of HIV-related diarrhea. We reviewed the medical records of 169 HIV-infected non-AIDS patients seen between 1986 and 1990 at the Houston VA Special Medicine Clinic. The prevalence of diarrhea at any given clinic visit ranged from 3% to 7%. Diarrhea was three times more common in homosexual/bisexual men [odds ratio = 3.0 (1.01-9.53)], and this pattern persisted when stratified by CD4 count. Previous studies have focused mainly on the detection of enteric organisms in patients with HIV-related diarrhea. Studies of the temporal relationships between sexual practices, enteric pathogens, diarrhea, and immunodeficiency are needed to clarify the pathogenesis of HIV-related diarrhea.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Gastroenterology|
|State||Published - 1993|
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