Volume 82, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Diarrhea is still a prevalent health issue in HIV patients. Our objective was to characterize the different diarrheagenic (DEC) groups in stools from adult HIV patients. Cross sectional study: We enrolled HIV-positive and -negative patients with and without diarrhea from a tertiary-care center of Lima, Peru. Clinical data was recorded and a stool sample per patient was cultured. Multiplex PCR was used to detect different DECs. One hundred eighty-four participants were enrolled. The frequency of having at least one DEC was more common in HIV-positive than HIV-negative patients with diarrhea (42% versus 20%, < 0.05). The enterotoxigenic (ETEC) was the most common DEC in patients with diarrhea, 13% in HIV patients. The diffusely adherent (DAEC) was only present in HIV positive patients with diarrhea (10.1%). Different types of DEC are frequent in stools from HIV-positive patients.


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  • Received : 10 Aug 2009
  • Accepted : 13 Jan 2010
  • Published online : 04 Jun 2010

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