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Acta Gastroenterol Latinoam. 2002 May;32(1):21-3.

[The prevalence of antibodies against hepatitis B abs c virus in odontology students].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Servicio de Gastroenterología (U. Hepatología) del Htal. R. Rossi de La Plata. capvilor@ole.com


It is accepted that the practice of odontology implies a risk of BBV and HCV transmission but the study of does not. This work tries to determine the prevalence of HBv Ac and HCV Ac (by ELISA) in odontology students and whether there is any relation to the year of study and/or the presence of other risk factors. 188 students in their last three years of studies were investigated, all the participants filled out a clinical epidemiological form. 89 women (47.3%) and 99 men (52.7%), x age was 24.8. 50 (26.7%) had other risk factors. 160 (85.1%) fulfilled biosecurity norms and 40 (21.2%) had a labour accident.


None of the analyzed sera were positive for HCV Ac (0%) and 1 was positive for HbcAc.


The prevalence of HBv Ac and HCV Ac is extremely low with no relation to the year of study or any other risk factors.

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