n South African Medical Journal - The prevalence of hepatitis B infection in a rural South African HIV clinic : original article
|Article Title||The prevalence of hepatitis B infection in a rural South African HIV clinic : original article|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town and 2 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jul 2011|
|Pages||470 - 471|
The prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in 1 765 HIV-positive patients in rural Eastern Cape was 7.1%. This is lower than the previously reported rural prevalence and is similar to urban prevalence. Male sex and baseline alanine aminotransferase (ALT) were significant predictors of HBV status. Most HBV-positive patients had normal baseline ALT, making ALT an insensitive screening test for HBV status.
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