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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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PUGA, Marco Antonio Moreira et al. High-risk behaviors for hepatitis B and C infections among female sex workers. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2018, vol.51, n.2, pp.198-202. ISSN 0037-8682.


The prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and risk behaviors among 402 female sex workers in Central Brazil were investigated by respondent-driven sampling.


Blood samples were tested for hepatitis B and C markers by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Two hepatitis B vaccination schedules were performed.


The prevalence of hepatitis B and C infections were 9.3% and 0.5%, respectively. Susceptibility to hepatitis B infection was observed in 61.5% of subjects. There was no significant difference in adherence index (p=0.52) between vaccination schedules and all participants had protective antibody titers.


This hard-to-reach population requires hepatitis B and C surveillance.

Keywords : Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Female sex workers.

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