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HCV and HIV infection among intravenous drug abusers in Eastern Sicily

  • B. Cacopardo
  • F. Fatuzzo
  • S. Cosentino
  • B. M. Celesia
  • M. T. Mughini
  • R. La Rosa
  • S. Bruno
  • G. Lupo
  • F. Zipper
  • G. La Medica
  • R. Russo
  • A. Nunnari
Part of the Archives of Virology book series (ARCHIVES SUPPL, volume 4)

Summary

In a study of 175 intravenous drug addicts from Eastern Sicily, 58.3% were found to be anti-HCV positive. In this population, the presence of anti-HCV was independent of HIV infection, age, duration of drug use and the practice of needle sharing. This may indicate that HCV is more readily transmitted (or spread earlier in this population) among drug addicts than is HIV.

Keywords

Intravenous Drug Drug Abuser Drug Addict Virus Antibody Needle Sharing 
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    Huemer HP, Prodinger WM, Lorcher C, et al (1990) Correlation of hepatitis C virus antibodies with HIV-1 seropositivity in intravenous drug addicts. Infection 18: 122PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Cacopardo
    • 1
  • F. Fatuzzo
    • 1
  • S. Cosentino
    • 1
  • B. M. Celesia
    • 1
  • M. T. Mughini
    • 1
  • R. La Rosa
    • 1
  • S. Bruno
    • 1
  • G. Lupo
    • 1
  • F. Zipper
    • 1
  • G. La Medica
    • 1
  • R. Russo
    • 1
  • A. Nunnari
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Infectious DiseasesCataniaItaly

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