Vertical (mother-to-child) transmission accounts for the majority of pediatric HIV-1 infections. Many factors are involved in vertical transmission, however it is not clear which factors are most important for determining whether a mother will transmit HIV-1 to her infant. It has been suggested that HIV-1 subtype may influence vertical transmission and that subtype D viruses may be less likely to be transmitted in this setting. We analyzed HIV-1 gp120 V3 region sequences from the plasma of 20 pregnant Ugandan women of known transmission status who did not receive antiretroviral prophylaxis. V3 regions were cloned, sequenced, and subtyped by phylogenetic analysis. Among 11 women who transmitted HIV-1 to their infants, we detected subtypes A, C, D, and G. Two of the transmitters had dual infection with subtypes A and D. In addition, a third was infected with two distinct strains of subtype G viruses. HIV-1 subtype A and D viruses were found in 9 women who did not transmit the virus to their infants. This study reveals that pregnant Ugandan women harbor diverse HIV-1 subtypes, including women who transmit HIV-1 to their infants. Transmission of HIV-1 with subtype D V3 regions was confirmed in 4 of the 11 transmitters, including 2 who had dual infection with subtype A and D HIV-1.
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- Infectious Diseases