Human herpes virus 8 antibodies in HIV-positive patients in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Oktafiani, D., Megasari, N. L., Fitriana, E., Nasronudin, Lusida, M. I., & Soetjipto. (2020). Human herpes virus 8 antibodies in HIV-positive patients in Surabaya, Indonesia. Infectious Disease Reports, 12(Suppl 1), 8746. doi: 10.4081/idr.2020.8746


This clinical study examines the presence of HHV-8 antibodies in HIV positive patients residing in Surabaya, Indonesia. Human Herpesvirus 8 was known to be a co-infection among HIV infected individuals, in which some countries had mandatory testing for said co-infection, excluding Indonesia. A total of 91 serum samples were collected from HIV vulnerable groups including MSM, IDUs, and heterosexuals. The researchers utilized ELISA as the molecular diagnostic tool for identifying HHV-8 antibody. Findings showed HHV-8 antibody was only detected in 7.7% samples, with no correlation between the antibody with gender and age. Though findings appear to be low, it was considered to be higher than some Southeast Asian countries and the researchers suggested further measure for treating HHV-8 positive individuals. Such data were important in examining and identifying various types of HIV co-infection, one of which is the HHV-8.