Hepatitis B virus infection among first-time blood donors in Italy: prevalence and correlates between serological patterns and occult infection.

@article{Roman2013HepatitisBV,
  title={Hepatitis B virus infection among first-time blood donors in Italy: prevalence and correlates between serological patterns and occult infection.},
  author={Luisa Roman{\`o} and Claudio V Velati and Giuseppe Cambi{\'e} and Laura Fomiatti and Claudio Galli and Alessandro Remo Zanetti},
  journal={Blood transfusion = Trasfusione del sangue},
  year={2013},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={281-8}
}
BACKGROUND A prospective, 1-year study was performed among Italian first-time, volunteer blood donors, who account for 12% of all donations, in order to assess the frequency and serological patterns of hepatitis B virus infection and the presence of occult infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive donors (n=31,190) from 21 blood transfusion centres, from age classes not subjected to universal HBV vaccination, were tested for HBsAg and anti-HBc by commercial immunoassays. Other HBV… CONTINUE READING