Herpes gladiatorum

Robert Debernardo, Edward A. Belongia, Jesse L. Goodman, Michael T. Osterholm

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To the Editor: In the article by Belongia et al. on an outbreak of herpes gladiatorum at a high-school wrestling camp (Sept. 26 issue),1 I failed to see a mention of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Was HIV testing done? Because of the fears it may provoke, HIV transmission by wrestling is an unspoken concern of some athletic directors. Given the frequency of open lesions in this contact sport and the recent finding by Hazcltine2 that dendritic cells (differentiated from Langerhans cells in the skin) are extremely sensitive to infection by HIV type 1, this mode of transmission cannot be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-648
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 27 1992

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