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AIDS. 2003 Jun 13;17(9):1363-7.

The association between hepatitis C virus and HIV-1 in preparatory cohorts for HIV vaccine trials in Thailand.

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US Component, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To study the association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV-1, and HCV seropositivity as an indicator of HIV-1 risk behavior for HIV vaccine preparatory cohorts in Thailand.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study of HIV-1-infected persons identified at screening for potential HIV vaccine trial cohort studies.

METHODS:

Sera from HIV-1-infected and uninfected volunteers was matched by age, sex, and community, and tested for HCV reactivity. Logistic regression methods were used to measure associations between HIV-1, HCV and other risk factors for HIV infection.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of HCV among HIV-negative controls was 8.3% (6/72) for men and 4.2% (5/118) for women. Co-infection with HIV and occurred in 50.7% (37/73) of men and 3.4% (4/118) of women. Among men who reported injection drug use (IDU), 96.4% (27/28) were HCV seropositive. No women reported IDU. HCV was associated with HIV infection [odds ratio (OR), 11.3; 95% confidence interval (CI), 4.4-29.3] and IDU (OR, 12.0; 95% CI, 3.4-41.9) among men, but not women (OR, 0.8; 95% CI, 0.2-3.0). After adjustment for potential confounding, HCV, but not IDU, remained strongly associated with HIV-1 infection among men (OR, 9.4; 95% CI, 2.7-32.6).

CONCLUSIONS:

The strong associations between HCV seropositivity, HIV-1 infection, and IDU history suggest that IDU was reported accurately in this study. The surprisingly high prevalence of HCV among HIV-1-infected young men may assist health policy makers in the choice of behavioral interventions for this important subgroup of the population.

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