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Occult Hepatitis B Virus Infection in HIV-Infected Patients with Isolated Antibodies to Hepatitis B Core Antigen: Aquitaine Cohort, 2002–2003

Didier Neau, Maria Winnock, Anne-Christine Jouvencel, Murielle Faure, Laurent Castéra, Elisabeth Legrand, Denis Lacoste, Jean-Marie Ragnaud, Michel Dupon, Hervé Fleury, Marie-Edith Lafon and François Dabis

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue 5, pages 750-753
Published in print March 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/427882
Occult Hepatitis B Virus Infection in HIV-Infected Patients with Isolated Antibodies to Hepatitis B Core Antigen: Aquitaine Cohort, 2002–2003

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We prospectively assessed the prevalence of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection by investigating HBV replication in 160 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected patients with isolated antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen. This prevalence was 0.6% (1 case/160 patients; 95% confidence interval, 0%–3.4%). A second serum sample was collected later from 52 of the patients. HBV DNA was once again undetectable in all patients, except for the sole patient who had previously been found to be HBV DNA positive.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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