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Extremely low hepatitis C prevalence among HIV co-infected individuals in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa

  • 2019/02/01
Type of publication
  • Articles
  • Loarec A;Carnimeo V;Molfino L;Kizito W;Muyindike W;Andrieux-Meyer I;Balkan S;Nzomukunda Y;Mwanga-Amumpaire J;Ousley J;Bygrave H;Maman D
  • HIV
Abstract :
A multicentric, retrospective case-series analysis (facility-based) in five sites across Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Uganda screened HIV-positive adults for hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibodies using Oraquick rapid testing and viral confirmation (in three sites). The results reveal a substantially lower prevalence than previously reported for these countries, suggesting that targeted integration of HCV screening in African HIV programs may be more impactful than routine screening.