Accession Number:

ADA280333

Title:

Low Risk of Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus in Somalia

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

The prevalence in Somalia of antibody to hepatitis C virus anti-HCV was determined in a survey of 236 female prostitutes, 80 sexually transmitted disease STD clinic patients, 79 male soldiers, and 43 tuberculosis patients. Of 98 22 serum samples repeatedly anti-HCV reactive by first and second generation enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits, only 8 1.8 were anti-HCV positive by immunoblot assay RIBA-2. Anti-HCV seropositivity by immunoblot assay was not associated with any risk group or with positive syphilis serology found in 18 of subjects or antibody to human immunodeficiency virus 1 in 1. 4 of subjects. These data indicate that sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus is not common in Somalia among sexually active populations, including female prostitutes and other groups at high risk of STDs and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Sexually transmitted diseases, Viral hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Epidemiology, Serology.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE