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Sex Transm Infect 81:185 doi:10.1136/sti.2004.011114
  • Letter

Distribution and risk factors of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV infection in a female population with “illegal social behaviour”

  1. M R Jahani1,
  2. S-M Alavian2,
  3. H Shirzad3,
  4. A Kabir4,
  5. B Hajarizadeh4
  1. 1Health Headquarters of IRI Police Force, Tehran, Iran
  2. 2Tehran Hepatitis Research Center, Tehran, Iran
  3. 3Health Headquarters of IRI Police Force, Tehran, Iran
  4. 4Tehran Hepatitis Research Center, Tehran, Iran
  1. Correspondence to:
 Seyed Moayed Alavian
 No 92, Vesal Shirazi Ave, PO Box 14155/4656, Tehran, Iran; manageriranhepgroup.info, sm_alavianyahoo.com
  • Accepted 28 June 2004

Parenteral exposure is a well established risk factor for hepatits C virus (HCV) infection.1,2 However, the role of the sexual route in the transmission of hepatitis C has remained controversial.3 There are few studies carried out to evaluate these high risk groups in Iran. We conducted this study to survey the distribution of HCV infection as well as HBV and HIV infection in a female population with “illegal social behaviour.”

We surveyed 196 females arrested by the police force in an analytical cross sectional study during the summer of 2002. They were mostly suspected of drug addiction, drug dealing, prostitution, and vagrancy. …