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Prevalence and Long-Term Effects of Occult Hepatitis B Virus Infection in HIV-Infected Women

Judith I. Tsui, Audrey L. French, Eric C. Seaberg, Michael Augenbraun, Marek Nowicki, Marion Peters and Phyllis C. Tien

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 6, pages 736-740
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520989
Prevalence and Long-Term Effects of Occult Hepatitis B Virus Infection in HIV-Infected Women

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Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is of concern in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—infected persons. We observed that 2% of 400 HIV-infected women with antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen alone had occult HBV infection (i.e., detectable HBV DNA in the absence of HBV surface antigen). CD4 cell counts of <200 cells/mm3 were more common among occult HBV-infected women than among those without occult HBV infection. Aminotransferase levels did not appear to be associated with being positive for HBV DNA.

Journal Article.  2274 words.  Illustrated.

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

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