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OBJECTIVES To identify risk factors for hepatitis C among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM), focusing on potential sexual, nosocomial, and other non-sexual determinants. BACKGROUND Outbreaks of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among HIV-positive MSM have been reported by clinicians in post-industrialized countries since 2000. The sexual(More)
BACKGROUND In Germany, vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for infants, children and adolescents since 1995 and for specific target groups since 1982. Little is known about knowledge about viral hepatitis and attitudes toward hepatitis B vaccination-factors likely to influence vaccine uptake. METHODS In order to estimate vaccination coverage in(More)
The success of childhood vaccination against hepatitis B relies on persistence of immunity into adolescence and adulthood. In 2000, two hexavalent vaccines with a hepatitis B component (Hexavac, Infanrix hexa) were introduced in Germany. Hexavac was withdrawn in 2005 amidst concerns about its long-term hepatitis B protection. We compared hepatitis B surface(More)
The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) convened a meeting of international experts from the public and private sectors in the Nordic countries and Germany, in order to review the epidemiological situation, the surveillance systems for infectious diseases, the immunization programmes and policy, and the monitoring of adverse events after hepatitis(More)
Hong Kong played a pivotal role in the international spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): a doctor who spent the night of 21-22 February 2003 at Hotel 'M' was identified as the index case for four national and international clusters of SARS. In parallel to the international collaborative study led by WHO and United States, a retrospective(More)
 We report on a 58-year-old Caucasian woman who went to a general practitioner about recurrent abdominal pain, night sweats and weight loss of a few weeks’ duration. Once gynaecological disease had been ruled out, the patient was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain and intestinal obstruction and a right-sided hemicolectomy was performed.(More)
Collection of risk factor data is part of the national surveillance of hepatitis B and C in Germany. After modifications of risk factor surveillance had been implemented in September 2003, the response rate for data on risk factors increased markedly. For the period between September 2003 and August 2004, information on risk factors (at least one "yes" or(More)
BACKGROUND Data on hepatitis B (HB) infection prevalence among children and adolescents in Germany are scarce. We estimated seroprevalence of HB infection and assessed determinants for HB infection among children and adolescents in Germany from a representative population sample. METHODS From 2003 to 2006, the Robert Koch Institute conducted a nationwide(More)
Im jetzt abgelaufenen Jahr wurden die im Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz publizierten Originalund Übersichtsbeiträge einem Peer-Review-Verfahren durch zwei Gutachter pro Beitrag unterzogen. Die Redaktion möchte an dieser Stelle allen im Folgenden aufgeführten Gutachterinnen und Gutachtern für ihre Mitwirkung danken. Sie haben(More)