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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2013 Jul-Aug;46(4):493-7.

HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis prevalence and coinfection among sex workers in Southern Brazil.

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Programa de Mestrado em Ciências da Saúde, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina. Tubarão, SC. fabiana.trevisol@unisul.br

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Sex workers (SWs) are vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis coinfection.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Tubarão, Laguna, and Imbituba, Southern Brazil. We surveyed 147 SWs using face-to-face interviews and blood sampling for serological evaluation.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of hepatitis B (HBV) was 23.1%, syphilis 19.7%, hepatitis C (HCV) 8.8%, and HIV 8.8%. Of 13 HIV-infected patients, 3 were co-infected with HCV, 4 with syphilis, and 5 with HBV.

CONCLUSIONS:

SWs had high HIV infection rates, and coinfection with viral hepatitis and syphilis.

PMID:
23681430
DOI:
10.1590/0037-8682-1364-2013
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