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Adeno-associated virus (AAV) in semen and testis: a role in infertility? An overview

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In the past decade, infection of the female genital tract with the ubiquitous adeno-associated viruses (AAV) has been reported by a number of authors. Though the virus is thought to be non-pathogenic, there were hints on an association of AAV with miscarriage and problems in pregnancy. In more recent years it has been discovered that there is also a rather frequent infection of male genital tissues supporting the hypothesis that this virus may be sexually transmitted and may play a role in infertility.

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Schlehofer, J.R. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) in semen and testis: a role in infertility? An overview. Androl. 14, 317–319 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03034919

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Key words

  • adeno-associated virus
  • semen
  • testis
  • infertility