Low risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus in Somalia.

  title={Low risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus in Somalia.},
  author={Douglas M. Watts and Andrew L. Corwin and Mayeh Abu Omar and Kenneth Craig Hyams},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  volume={88 1},
The prevalence in Somalia of antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) was determined in a survey of 236 female prostitutes, 80 sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic patients, 79 male soldiers, and 43 tuberculosis patients. Of 98 (22%) serum samples repeatedly anti-HCV reactive by first and second generation enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits, only 8 (1.8%) were anti-HCV positive by immunoblot assay (RIBA-2). Anti-HCV seropositivity by immunoblot assay was not associated with any risk… CONTINUE READING


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