Seroprevalence of HBV and HCV markers among intravenous drug abusers and subjects affected by chronic active hepatitis.

R. De Mercato, R. Ciampi, A. Romano, D. Guarnaccia, V. Siciliano, J. P. Cantiello, O. Rippa, U. Celentano, V. Selva, C. Romano

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Abstract

In order to investigate the seroprevalence of HBV and HCV in neapolitan area, we studied blood specimens of 180 IVDAs, 115 CAH patients and 72 healthy subjects using hepatitis B core (anti-HBs) and hepatitis C antibody (anti-HCV). High frequency of anti-HBs (80.9%) and strong association with an unexpected seroprevalence of anti-HCV (67%) was found in CAH patients. Our study does not explain these results, but suggest either a possible inference between both viruses or that serum from CAH subjects contains a component that gives false positivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-847
Number of pages7
JournalBollettino della Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale
Volume66
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1990

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    De Mercato, R., Ciampi, R., Romano, A., Guarnaccia, D., Siciliano, V., Cantiello, J. P., Rippa, O., Celentano, U., Selva, V., & Romano, C. (1990). Seroprevalence of HBV and HCV markers among intravenous drug abusers and subjects affected by chronic active hepatitis. Bollettino della Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale, 66(9), 841-847.