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Hepatitis C virus infection in intravenous drug users: prevalence and risk factors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2178279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the relation of drug use and sexual behaviour to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among 80 intravenous drug users (IVDU) attending a methadone treatment program in Rome. Antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV) were found in 54/80 of IVDU (67.5%). Presence of anti-HCV was associated with duration of intravenous drug use and frequency of needle sharing (p less than 0.003 and p = 0.02, respectively, by chi-square for trend). No association was found between sexual behaviour and anti-HCV prevalence.
E Girardi; M Zaccarelli; G Tossini; V Puro; P Narciso; G Visco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0036-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-03-15     Completed Date:  1991-03-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0215333     Medline TA:  Scand J Infect Dis     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  751-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
USL RM/10 AIDS Unit, L. Spallanzani Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Antibodies, Viral / immunology
Hepacivirus / immunology
Hepatitis C / epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Sexual Behavior
Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Viral; 561-27-3/Heroin

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