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European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 1183–1184 | Cite as

Prevalence of Hepatitis C infection in Malawi and lack of association with sexually transmitted diseases

  • M.J. Maida
  • C. Costello Daly
  • I. Hoffman
  • M.S. Cohen
  • M. Kumwenda
  • P.L. Vernazza
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Abstract

To investigate the role of sexual transmission for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) we studied its prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa where sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are prevalent. Overall, HCV prevalence was 3.9% and similar in 206 STD patients, 127 dermatology patients, and 100 blood donors. No association with HIV or syphilis was observed. Despite high prevalence of STDs, sexual transmission does not appear to significantly contribute to HCV transmission in Malawi.

Africa Epidemiology Hepatitis C Sexual transmission STD 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • M.J. Maida
    • 1
  • C. Costello Daly
    • 2
  • I. Hoffman
    • 3
  • M.S. Cohen
    • 3
  • M. Kumwenda
    • 2
  • P.L. Vernazza
    • 4
  1. 1.Ministry of Health and PopulationLilongwe Central HospitalMalawi
  2. 2.John Snow, IncBoston
  3. 3.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineKantonsspitalSt. GallenSwitzerland

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