2001
DOI: 10.1590/s0036-46652001000100003
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Abstract: SUMMARYThe objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors associated with HCV infection in a group of HIV seropositive patients. We analyzed the medical records of 1,457 patients. All patients were tested for HCV infection by third generation ELISA. Whenever possible, a sample of the positive patients was also tested for HCV by PCR. HCV positive patients were analyzed according to their risk factors for both infections. The prevalence of anti-HCV positive patients was 17.7% (258 patien… Show more

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“…Risk factors related to HCV infection could not be detected in 5.2% of HIV/HCV co-infected patients, a rate similar to that observed in São Paulo, where 5.4% of HIV/HCV patients also denied any possible route of infection 20 .…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 67%
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“…Risk factors related to HCV infection could not be detected in 5.2% of HIV/HCV co-infected patients, a rate similar to that observed in São Paulo, where 5.4% of HIV/HCV patients also denied any possible route of infection 20 .…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 67%
“…This finding agrees with previous observations made in HIV-seropositive patients from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where at least 70% of the subjects have been demonstrated to be engaged in high risk sexual activity and 70% of intravenous drug users were infected with HCV 22 . In HIV/HCV co-infected patients from São Paulo, Brazil, intravenous drug use was also the main risk factor detected 20 .…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 97%
“…Finally, our findings regarding low-grade fibrosis seen in most patients from both groups, may be correlated with the lower mean age of the patients, since the investigators who are currently studying coinfection consider that an increase in progression of liver disease caused by HCV infection occurs as of the age of 50 5,13,23 and that the lower fibrosis grades found in younger population are due to the shorter period of time elapsed since the beginning of the infection 11,14,22 . Unfortunately, based on the data currently available in our clinic, it was not possible to clearly determine how HAART therapy could influence the progression of the liver disease in the population studied.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 56%
“…Previous studies conducted in Brazilian population at the same site where the study of this publication was conducted showed a 17.7% prevalence of coinfection 14 .…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 53%
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