Of 242 north Italian heroin addicts, 24 (9.9%) were HBsAg positive. HBeAg was positive in two of them (8.3%), anti-HBe in 16 (66.6%) and anti-HDV in 21 (87.5%). Of the 218 HBsAg negative, 182 (83.5%) had anti-HBc, 72 (33.0%) anti-HBe and 97 (44.5%) anti-HBs. One-hundred-eighty-five drug addicts were anti-HIV positive (76.4%); 77 of these (41.6%) were asymptomatic, 93 (50.3%) had PGL and 15 (8.1%) ARC. T4+ cell count was significantly lower in subjects with ARC as was T4+/T8+ ratio in subjects with PGL and ARC. During a median follow-up of 9.5 months (range 4-25), we observed three new cases of hepatitis (two caused by NANBV and one by HBV with HDV coinfection) and one new HIV infection. Ten anti-HIV positive subjects developed PGL and one AIDS.
|Titolo:||HBV, HDV and HIV infections in 242 drug addicts: two-year follow-up.|
CONTE, DARIO (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
Settore MED/12 - Gastroenterologia
|Data di pubblicazione:||1988|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/BF00148917|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|