, Volume 173, Issue 2–3, pp 145–149 | Cite as

Paracoccidioidal Infection in HIV Patients at an Endemic Area of Paracoccidioidomycosis in Brazil

  • Elaine Cristina Fernandes Baez Sarti
  • Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira
  • Liara Ferreira dos Santos
  • Zoilo Pires de Camargo
  • Anamaria Mello Miranda Paniago


The association between paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) and AIDS is relatively rare in contrast to the higher incidence of other systemic mycosis. The explanation may be that AIDS is still predominantly an urban disease, and the PCM is endemic in Latin American rural areas. The aim of this study was to detect the prevalence of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection in HIV-positive patients at an endemic area of paracoccidioidomycosis in Brazil. Skin test with purified 43 kD glycoprotein (gp43) was performed in 90 HIV/AIDS patients. The prevalence found was 12.2% and it may be even greater, considering that HIV/AIDS patients may not respond to the intradermal test, which depends on cellular immunity for its positivity.


Paracoccidiodes brasiliensis HIV Skin test Epidemiological survey 



The study was supported by Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia do Ministério da Saúde (DECIT MS/Brazil- UNESCO) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaine Cristina Fernandes Baez Sarti
    • 1
  • Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira
    • 2
  • Liara Ferreira dos Santos
    • 3
  • Zoilo Pires de Camargo
    • 4
  • Anamaria Mello Miranda Paniago
    • 5
  1. 1.Universidade Anhanguera UniderpCampo GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do SulCampo GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Campo GrandeBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal de São PauloVila Clementino, São PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do SulBairro São Francisco, Campo GrandeBrazil

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