TITLE

HCV infection among cocaine users in the state of Pará, Brazilian Amazon

AUTHOR(S)
Oliveira-Filho, Aldemir; Sawada, Leila; Pinto, Laine; Locks, Daiane; Bahia, Santana; Brasil-Costa, I.; Lemos, José
PUB. DATE
July 2013
SOURCE
Archives of Virology;Jul2013, Vol. 158 Issue 7, p1555
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Report
ABSTRACT
In this study, the prevalence, genotype frequency, and risk factors for HCV infection in 384 cocaine users were determined. One hundred twenty-four (32.3 %) cocaine users had anti-HCV antibodies and 120 (31.3 %) had HCV-RNA. Genotyping results indicated the predominance of genotypes 1 (73.3 %) and 3 (26.7 %). Multivariate analysis showed an association of HCV infection with tattoos, shared use of paraphernalia, daily cocaine use, and a long history of cocaine use. The epidemiological aspects of HCV infection among cocaine users presented here should serve as an incentive for the establishment of a program of hepatitis C prevention and control by the local public-health authorities in the Amazon.
ACCESSION #
88428259

 

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