• We performed autopsies and serologic tests in 189 subjects (152 men and 37 women) between 20 and 50 years of age with no history of immunosuppression who died unexpectedly and whose bodies were referred to the San Francisco coroner's office. Forty-eight of the 88 single men for whom addresses were available lived in areas of the city with a high incidence of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In addition, 36 of the subjects (30 men) were intravenous drug abusers. Antibody to the retrovirus associated with AIDS was present in 23 (18%) of the 121 subjects whose sera were tested. However, neither pathologic nor laboratory manifestations of AIDS were present in any of the 189 subjects who underwent autopsy. These results suggest that antibody to the retrovirus is common but subclinical manifestations of AIDS are uncommon in San Francisco, a city where the incidence of clinical AIDS is high.
(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:713-715)
Coleman DL, Luce JM, Wilber JC, Ferrer JJ, Stephens BG, Margaretten W, Wagar EA, Hadley WK, Pifer LL, Moss AR, Dodek PM, Levy JA, Murray JF. Antibody to the Retrovirus Associated With the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)Presence in Presumably Healthy San Franciscans Who Died Unexpectedly. Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(4):713–715. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360160137018