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BACKGROUND To evaluate the impact of the 2002 Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study results on the prescription of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) to treat menopause-related symptoms in Taiwan. METHODS This retrospective study participant data collected from women interviewed in 2001 Taiwan's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National(More)
This case-control study aimed to characterize the factors associated with amebiasis, defined as presence of anti-Entamoeba histolytica antibody titers of ≧ 128 by indirect hemagglutination assay, among persons seeking voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Between April 2006 and September 2009, 57 of 4,802(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Little is known about the factors associated with syphilis among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) with access to combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) in Taiwan, where MSM has re-emerged as the leading risk group for HIV transmission. METHODS From March to October 2011, MSM who regularly(More)
UNLABELLED The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to compare the serologic response between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving two and three doses of hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccine and HIV-uninfected MSM receiving two doses of HAV vaccine. Between June 2009 and December 2010, 582 MSM aged 18 to(More)
A study was conducted during a 1 year follow-up to characterize the viral kinetics in hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B and to develop a model of predicting the probability of spontaneous HBeAg seroconversion. Fifty-seven patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B were enrolled with monthly follow-ups from three Phase III(More)
Ribavirin (RBV), a guanosine analogue, has been suggested to exert an antiviral action against hepatitis C virus (HCV) by causing lethal mutations and suppressing RNA polymerase in vitro, but the mechanism of its clinical therapeutic effects is currently unknown. To test the hypothesis that RBV could act both as an RNA mutagen and inhibit viral RNA(More)
Influenza virus-like particles (VLPs) are noninfectious and the assembly of influenza VLPs depends on the interactions of M1 proteins and/or other viral surface proteins, such as HA, NA, and M2, with the cellular lipid membranes. In this study we propose that M2 protein can be used as a molecular fabricator without disrupting the assembly of VLPs and while(More)
Studies of macrolide resistance mutations and molecular typing using the newly proposed enhanced typing system for Treponema pallidum isolates obtained from HIV-infected patients in the Asia-Pacific region are scarce. Between September 2009 and December 2011, we conducted a survey to detect T. pallidum using a PCR assay using clinical specimens from(More)
Several hepatitis B virus (HBV) subgenotypes, HBV/A1, A2, Bj and Ba, have been reported with respect to clinical differences among patients infected with these subgenotypes. The population genetics and phylogeography of HBV were investigated based on the complete genome sequences of 484 isolates with 108 from our chronic hepatitis B patients and the(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence and trends of antiretroviral drug resistance among HIV-1-infected Taiwanese patients who have been provided with free-of-charge antiretroviral therapy (ART) since 1990. METHODS Blood samples collected from 786 HIV-1-infected patients from 1999 to 2006 were subjected to genotypic resistance assay. Antiretroviral(More)