The purpose of this study was to assess the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in prisoners and outpatients attending our center. 2205 specimens were consecutively obtained under code and screened for anti-HCV by the second generation RIBA test and Hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) by CORAB test. After serum samples were tested, we reviewed demographic data and categorized four groups: Intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs), prisoners and apparently healthy subjects and warders. Anti-HCV prevalence was 59.4% in 613 IVDAs, 15.5% in 756 prisoners, 2.6% in 454 healthy subjects and 2.8% in 145 warders. These findings suggest that prisoners may be considered a group at increased risk for HCV infection.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
- hepatitis C virus
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