European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 566–569

Prevalence and incidence of hepatitis C virus infection among male prison inmates in Maryland

Authors

  • D. Vlahov
    • Department of EpidemiologyThe Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesThe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • K. E. Nelson
    • Department of EpidemiologyThe Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesThe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • T. C. Quinn
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesThe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Laboratory of ImmunoregulationThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • N. Kendig
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesThe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Laboratory of ImmunoregulationThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Brief Reports

DOI: 10.1007/BF00209538

Cite this article as:
Vlahov, D., Nelson, K.E., Quinn, T.C. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (1993) 9: 566. doi:10.1007/BF00209538

Abstract

To identify incidence of antibody to hepatitis C virus among 265 male prison inmates, we assayed paired serum specimens obtained at intake in 1985–1986 with follow-up specimens in 1987. Intake prevalence was 38 percent. Seroincidence was 1.1/100 person years in prison. This finding might reflect saturation of high-risk subgroups or possibly reduced frequency of exposures following incarceration.

Key words

Hepatitis C virusHuman immunodeficiency virusSubstance abuse
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993