Renee Hickman

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BACKGROUND Little is known regarding the reproductive health needs of women Veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. OBJECTIVE To describe the reproductive health diagnoses of women Veterans using VA health care, how these diagnoses differ across age groups, and variations in sociodemographic and clinical characteristics by presence(More)
Genetic variation among HIV isolates creates challenges for their detection by serologic and genetic techniques. To characterize the sequence variation and its correlation to serologic diversity of HIV-1 Group O and HIV-2 isolates, samples were identified by differential reactivity in selected commercial and research assays. Analysis of sera from Equatorial(More)
A cell wall-defective form of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from an exudate of an untreated patient with gonococcal urethritis was isolated on medium containing 7% polyvinylpyrrolidone. Initial attempts to grow the organism by standard microbiological methods had failed. This isolate was incapable of reversion to a normal gonococcus even after numerous subcultures(More)
Monoclonal antibodies were developed to a recombinant HIV-I group O envelope protein derived from the isolate HAM112. These monoclonal antibodies were characterized for reactivity to a series of overlapping synthetic peptides (29-30 mers) covering gp120 C-terminal and gp41 ectodomain regions of the HIV-1 group O envelope protein. Most of these monoclonal(More)
HIV-1 group O is endemic in the west central region of Africa, where the frequency of infection is estimated to be 3-10% of all HIV-1-infected individuals. However, international travel and immigration have led to group O cases being identified in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and the US. With the exception of an infected French woman, all reported(More)
E. coli expressing soluble recombinant HIV antigens were analyzed directly by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) from bacterial colonies picked from agar plates. An HIV envelope (ENV) antigen construct, penvA, was expressed in E. coli by transformation of the plasmid pPL/penvA-M. The plasmid was co-transformed into E. coli DH5 alpha cells with an equal(More)
Adolescent children were surveyed for colonization with Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum by culturing urine specimens. Rates were compared between three study groups: (i) 397 children attending parochial schools, (ii) 293 children attending an adolescent clinic specializing in adjustment problems, and (iii) 86 children attending a renal clinic.(More)