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Title: Sexual behavior and HBV infection among noninjecting cocaine users (NICUs)
Authors: Zocratto, Keli Bahia Felicíssimo 
Osimani, Maria Luz 
Peralta, Liliana Martinez 
Latorre, Laura 
Muzzio, Estela 
Segura, Marcela 
Chiparelli, Hector 
Proietti, Fernando Augusto 
Rey, Jorge 
Vazquez, Enrique 
Cuchi, Paloma 
Estani, Sergio Sosa 
Rossi, Diana 
Weissenbacher, Mercedes C. 
Caiaffa, Waleska Teixeira 
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Journal: Substance use & misuse 
The aim is to estimate HBV prevalence and the associated risks among noninjecting cocaine users (NICUs). In 2002-2003, a total of 824 NICUs from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay) were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Serologic tests were carried out for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), syphilis, and others. The population was divided into two serologic groups: HBV-infected and seronegative group. Univariate and binary logistic model were developed. The results seem to indicate that, among NICUs, HBV is transmitted through sexual contact. Prevention measures, including vaccine, are needed in order to control and minimize risks. The study's limitations are noted.
DOI: 10.3109/10826081003791965
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