High-risk behaviors for hepatitis B and C infections among female sex workers

Marco Antonio Moreira Puga Larissa Melo Bandeira Sabrina Moreira dos Santos Weis Fernanda Rodas Pires Fernandes Lisie Souza Castro Tayana Serpa Ortiz Tanaka Grazielli Rocha de Rezende Sheila Araújo Teles Vivianne de Oliveira Landgraf de Castro Paula Guerra Murat Gina Jonasson Mousquer Capelin Ana Rita Coimbra Motta-Castro About the authors

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

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.

METHODS:

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

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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

Keywords:
Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Female sex workers

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