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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

versión impresa ISSN 0037-8682

Resumen

PACHECO, Suzy Danielly Barbosa et al. Prevalence of HCV infection and associated factors among illicit drug users in Breves, State of Pará, northern Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2014, vol.47, n.3, pp.367-370.  Epub 11-Abr-2014. ISSN 0037-8682.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0153-2013.

Introduction:

Illicit drug users (DUs) are vulnerable to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The shared use of illicit drugs is the main method of HCV transmission.

Methods:

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Breves, in northern Brazil. We surveyed 187 DUs to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with HCV infection.

Results:

The prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies was 36.9%, and the prevalence of hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid (HCV-RNA) was 31%. Hepatitis C virus infection was associated with tattoos, intravenous drug use, shared use of equipment for drug use, drug use for longer than 3 years, and daily drug use.

Conclusions:

Strategies for preventing and controlling HCV transmission should be implemented among DUs.

Palabras clave : Hepatitis C virus; Illicit drug users; Northern Brazil.

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