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Prevalence of HCV infection and associated factors among illicit drug users in Breves, State of Pará, northern Brazil
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Illicit drug users (DUs) are vulnerable to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The shared use of illicit drugs is the main method of HCV transmission. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Breves, in northern Brazil. We surveyed 187 DUs to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with HCV infection. Results: The prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies was 36.9%, and the prevalence of hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid (HCV-RNA) was 31%. Hepatitis C virus infection was associateddoi:10.1590/0037-8682-0153-2013 pmid:24728470 fatcat:eptgcb7itnegdjppu3favfenny