Bruno Guida, MD; Augusta Torresin, MD; Nicola Piersantelli, MD
To the Editors: Because of the high prevalence of parenterally acquired viral infections among Italian drug addicts and the availability of a diagnostic kit for hepatitis C virus (HCV) (enzyme immunoassay, Ortho Diagnostic Systems, Raritan, New Jersey) (1, 2), we did a retrospective study on the prevalence of antibody to HCV (anti-HCV) in 110 drug addicts with chronic hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (89 men, 21 women; age range, 19 to 48 years) followed lfrom 1985 to March 1990.
The diagnosis of chronic hepatitis was established on the basis of alanine aminotransferase serum levels (a fourfold augmentation for
Guida B, Torresin A, Piersantelli N. Hepatitis C Virus in Italian Drug Addicts. Ann Intern Med. ;113:559–560. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-7-559
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(7):559-560.
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