Hepatitis B and C among women with illegal social behavior in Isfahan, Iran: Seroprevalence and associated factors
Hepatitis Monthly: 11 (5); 368-371 Article Type: Research Article
January 4, 2011
January 30, 2011
P. Hepatitis B and C among women with illegal social behavior in Isfahan, Iran: Seroprevalence and associated factors,
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Background: In Iran, there is limited evidence on the prevalence of hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV) among females who engage in illegal sexual behavior. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of HBV and HCV infections and their associated factors in this population in Isfahan-Iran. Patients and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 100 females who engaged in illegal sexual behavior during 2009-2010 in Isfahan were recruited from welfare to the DIC for women, and referrals were made among those who knew others who engaged in prostitution. Markers for HBV and HCV-Ab were measured by ELISA, and recombinant immunoblot assay was used for confirmation of HCV infection. Also, a questionnaire on demographics and prostitution-associated risk data in a face-to-face interview was completed for each participant. Chi-square and multivariate logistic regression models were used for data analysis. Results: Of the 100 samples collected, 91 were sufficient for testing. The mean age and time spent in sex work were 30.84 ± 9.34 years and 36 ± 28.5 months, respectively. HBsAg was detected in 1 (1.1%), anti-HBc in 4 (4.4%), anti-HBs in 60 (65.9%), and HCV Ab in 9 (9.9%) subjects. The evidence of vaccination was seen in 54 subjects (59.3%). There were no significant differences in the prevalence of HBV or HCV infection by estimated risk factors, and there was no independent risk factor for these infections. Conclusions: The high prevalence of HCV infection in this study indicates the need to implement preventive interventions for female sex workers and, perhaps more importantly, to involve their male clients.
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:Understanding the High risk behaviors among related populations can help policy makers to prevent HBV/HCV infection and decrease load of these diseases in each community.
Please cite this paper as:Kassaian N, Ataei B, Yaran M, Babak A, Shoaei P. Hepatitis B and C among women with illegal social behavior in Isfahan, Iran: Seroprevalence and associated factors. Hepat Mon. 2011;11(5):368-371.
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