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Risk factors for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection in infants born to HIV-1 infected mothers in Thailand

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Retrovirology20085 (Suppl 1) :O12

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  • Vaginal Delivery
  • Sexual Transmitted Disease
  • HCMV Infection
  • Uninfected Infant
  • Congenital HCMV Infection


In Thailand where virtually all pregnant women are infected with HCMV, about 2% of infants are congenitally infected with HCMV [1]. However, the transmission rate among infants born to HIV-1 infected mothers is not well known. Our objectives were to evaluate HCMV transmission rates in infants born to HIV-1 infected mothers, and to identify maternal and newborn risk factors associated with infant HCMV infection.

Materials and methods

Ninety-seven HIV-1 transmitting mothers were matched on maternal plasma HIV-1 RNA before zidovudine prophylaxis initiation with 194 non-transmitting mothers enrolled in PHPT-1 [2], an HIV prevention trial in Thailand. Infant HCMV infection was assessed by anti-HCMV IgM and/or HCMV DNA within 6 months of age and by IgG serology at 18 months. Congenital HCMV infection was defined as the presence of HCMV IgM and/or a positive DNA PCR within 10 days of life. Univariate odds ratio (95% confidence intervals) were calculated for potential risk factors among maternal (age, HIV and immunological stage, pregnancy history, pregnancy complications, induction of labor, mode of delivery, past/present sexual transmitted diseases, CD4/CD8 T-lymphocyte counts) and infant characteristics (HIV status, sex, prematurity and birth weight). Adjusted odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression with stepwise selection of variables with less than 0.20 p value association.


The prevalence of congenital HCMV infection was 16% (10/62) in HIV-1 infected infants and 5% (5/105) in uninfected infants, p=0.013. The prevalence of HCMV infection by 18 months of age was 83% (62/75) in HIV-1 infected infants and 62% (112/182) in uninfected infants, p=0.001. Upon univariate analysis, among the maternal factors, only vaginal delivery was associated with HCMV infection in infants (OR: 2.5; 95%CI: 1.3-4.7). Among infants' factors, HIV infection (OR: 3.3; 95%CI: 1.7-7.0) and prematurity (OR: 3.5; 95%CI: 1.0-18.8) were associated with HCMV. Upon multivariate analysis only vaginal delivery (OR: 2.5; 95%CI: 1.3-4.5) and infant HIV infection (OR: 3.3; 95%CI: 1.7-6.4) remained independently associated with HCMV infection in infants.


Infant HIV infection and vaginal delivery are the main risk factors for HCMV infection in children born to HIV-1 infected mothers. The clinical consequences of congenital and postnatal HCMV infection on HIV disease progression need to be assessed.



This work was supported by Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA, NIH, USA), Grant number: R03TW01346-01.

Authors’ Affiliations

Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement UMI 174/Programs for HIV Prevention and Treatment (PHPT), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50200
Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Lamphun Hospital, Lamphun, Thailand, 51000
Health Promotion Hospital Regional Center I, Bangkok, Thailand, 10210
Somdej Pranangchao Sirikit Hospital, Chonburi, Thailand, 20000
Buddhachinaraj Hospital, Pitsanuloke, Thailand, 65000


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