Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus among young prisoners

Mehdi Ataie, Zary Nokhodian, Behrooz Ataei, Nazila Kassaian, Majid Yaran, Razieh Hassannejad


  • Background: Juveniles in custody are affected by sexually transmitted infections due to risky behaviors. Therefore, they have a disproportionate burden of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In this study, the prevalence and associated characteristics of hepatitis B and HIV infections were assessed in young prisoners.
  • Methods: In this cross-sectional study, prevalence of HBV and HIV infections was assessed among young prisoners during 2008-2009. A checklist consisting of demographic, social, and risk factors was filled out and blood was drawn for their tests. Sera were analyzed for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag), hepatitis B surface antibody (HBs Ab), hepatitis B core antibody (HBc Ab) and HIV Ab, and Western blot test was performed on antibody-positive HIV.
  • Results: A total number of 160 young prisoners (147 boys and 13 girls) were evaluated. The mean age of the subjects was 16.59 ± 1.24 year. HBs Ag, HBc Ab, HBs Ab, and HIV Ab were detected in 1 (0.63%), 1 (0.63%), 52 (32.5%), and 1 (0.63%), respectively.
  • Conclusion: with respect to national vaccination program against HBV infection, the juvenile prisoners had low prevalence of HBs Ab.
  • Key words: Hepatitis B virus, human immunodeficiency virus, young prisoners

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