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COMPLIANCE WITH HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTION SCREENING AMONG HIV1 INFECTED PATIENTS IN A RESOURCE-LIMITED SETTING

COMPLIANCE WITH HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTION SCREENING AMONG HIV1 INFECTED PATIENTS IN A RESOURCE-LIMITED SETTING,Somnuek Sungkanuparph

COMPLIANCE WITH HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTION SCREENING AMONG HIV1 INFECTED PATIENTS IN A RESOURCE-LIMITED SETTING   (Citations: 1)
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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are important risk fac- tors for mortality among HIV-infected patients. We assessed compliance with screening for HBV and HCV infection prior to initiation of ART in a resource-limited setting. Six hundred thirty-eight patients with a mean age of 38.4 years (53% males) were studied. Prior to initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) 371 patients (58%) were screened for HBV and 273 (43%) were screened for HCV infection. Of those screened, 9.7% had HBV infection and 8.8% had HCV infection. Given the relatively high prevalence of HBV and HCV infection among HIV-infected patients, screening for HBV and HCV infections prior to ART initiation should not be omitted in the resource-limited setting.
Published in 2008.
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