Incarcerated persons have high rates of infectious diseases. Few data on the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in prisoners are available. This multi-center cross-sectional study enrolled 973 inmates from eight Italian prisons. Demographic and behavioral data were collected using an anonymous standardized questionnaire and antibodies to HIV, HCV, HBV, HSV-2, and HHV-8 were detected in a blood sample obtained from each person at the time of the enrollment in the study. Two hundred and two out of the 973 subjects (20.7%) had antibodies against HHV-8. HHV-8-seropositive subjects were more likely to be older than 30 years with a higher educational level. HHV-8 infection was associated significantly with HBV (P < 0.001) and HSV-2 (P=0.004) seropositivity and with previous imprisonments. Multivariate analysis showed that HHV-8 infection in Italian inmates was associated with HBV (P < 0.001) and HSV-2 (P=0.002) seropositivity otherwise among foreigners inmates HHV-8 was significantly associated with H13V infection (P=0.05). One hundred and eighty-six (21.2%) prisoners had anti-HSV-2 antibodies. At multivariate analysis HSV-2-positivity was significantly associated with HIV (P < 0.001) and HHV-8 infections (P=0.003), whereas it was inversely associated with HCV infection (0.004). A relatively high seroprevalence of HHV-8 and HSV-2 among Italian prison inmates was found. The association of HHV-8 and HSV-2 infections suggest sexual transmission of these viruses among Italian prison inmates. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Sarmati L., B.S. (2007). Human herpesvirus 8 and human herpesvirus 2 infections in prison population. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY, 79(2), 167-173 [10.1002/jmv.20774].

Human herpesvirus 8 and human herpesvirus 2 infections in prison population

SARMATI, LOREDANA;ANDREONI, MASSIMO
2007

Abstract

Incarcerated persons have high rates of infectious diseases. Few data on the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in prisoners are available. This multi-center cross-sectional study enrolled 973 inmates from eight Italian prisons. Demographic and behavioral data were collected using an anonymous standardized questionnaire and antibodies to HIV, HCV, HBV, HSV-2, and HHV-8 were detected in a blood sample obtained from each person at the time of the enrollment in the study. Two hundred and two out of the 973 subjects (20.7%) had antibodies against HHV-8. HHV-8-seropositive subjects were more likely to be older than 30 years with a higher educational level. HHV-8 infection was associated significantly with HBV (P < 0.001) and HSV-2 (P=0.004) seropositivity and with previous imprisonments. Multivariate analysis showed that HHV-8 infection in Italian inmates was associated with HBV (P < 0.001) and HSV-2 (P=0.002) seropositivity otherwise among foreigners inmates HHV-8 was significantly associated with H13V infection (P=0.05). One hundred and eighty-six (21.2%) prisoners had anti-HSV-2 antibodies. At multivariate analysis HSV-2-positivity was significantly associated with HIV (P < 0.001) and HHV-8 infections (P=0.003), whereas it was inversely associated with HCV infection (0.004). A relatively high seroprevalence of HHV-8 and HSV-2 among Italian prison inmates was found. The association of HHV-8 and HSV-2 infections suggest sexual transmission of these viruses among Italian prison inmates. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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Sì, ma tipo non specificato
Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive
English
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Herpes simplex virus 2; Human herpes virus 8; Italian prisoners; Sexual transmitted diseases
Sarmati L., B.S. (2007). Human herpesvirus 8 and human herpesvirus 2 infections in prison population. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY, 79(2), 167-173 [10.1002/jmv.20774].
Sarmati, L; Babudieri, S; Longo, B; Starnini, G; Carbonara, S; Monarca, R; Buonomini, Ar; Dori, L; Rezza, G; Andreoni, M
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