European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 566–569 | Cite as

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

  • D. Vlahov
  • K. E. Nelson
  • T. C. Quinn
  • N. Kendig
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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 virus Human immunodeficiency virus Substance abuse 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Vlahov
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. E. Nelson
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. C. Quinn
    • 2
    • 3
  • N. Kendig
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyThe Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public HealthBaltimore
  2. 2.Division of Infectious DiseasesThe Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimore
  3. 3.Laboratory of ImmunoregulationThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesBaltimore
  4. 4.The Maryland Division of CorrectionBaltimore

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