[The prevalence of HCV antibodies in 3 groups with distinct patterns of sexual activity].

We studied the prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) among 164 heterosexual partners of anti-HCV-positive subjects, 131 prostitutes and 52 homosexual men. 6.7% of heterosexual monogamous partners had anti-HCV; the seropositivity rate was associated with a long-term sexual practice and with age. Of the 131 prostitutes, 6 (4.6%) had anti-HCV; there were significant associations in patients positive for anti-HCV, with a history of parenteral drug addiction. 11.5% of homosexual men were anti-HCV positive; there were significant associations with positivity for antibodies to HIV, intravenous drug abuse and with the number of sexual partners. We concluded that the HCV may be transmitted by sexual route, but the high seroprevalence among prostitutes and homosexuals may be explained by other parenteral mechanisms.
AuthorsS Riestra, M Rodríguez, V Palacios, V Cárcaba, A Suárez, C A Navascués, R Pérez, L Rodrigo
JournalRevista española de enfermedades digestivas : organo oficial de la Sociedad Española de Patología Digestiva (Rev Esp Enferm Dig) Vol. 81 Issue 5 Pg. 359-62 (May 1992) ISSN: 1130-0108 [Print] SPAIN
Vernacular TitlePrevalencia del antiVCH en tres grupos con distintos patrones de actividad sexual.
PMID1319721 (Publication Type: Comparative Study, English Abstract, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Hepatitis Antibodies
  • Age Factors
  • Hepacivirus (immunology)
  • Hepatitis Antibodies (blood)
  • Hepatitis C (epidemiology, immunology)
  • Homosexuality (statistics & numerical data)
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Prostitution (statistics & numerical data)
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior (physiology, statistics & numerical data)
  • Spain (epidemiology)

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