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دانشگاه علوم پزشکی و خدمات بهداشتی درمانی زنجان

Prevalence of HIV, HBV and HCV among street and labour children in Tehran, Iran

(2017) Prevalence of HIV, HBV and HCV among street and labour children in Tehran, Iran. Sexually transmitted infections. pp. 421-423. ISSN 1472-3263 (Electronic) 1368-4973 (Linking)

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OBJECTIVES: The existence of street and working children in Iran is undeniable. The precarious conditions of these children (including disrupted family, poverty, high prevalence of crime among relatives, family members and peers) cause social harm and high-risk behaviours, including drug addiction, selling sex or having sex with adolescents or peers. Here we explore the HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C status of street and working children in Tehran. METHODS: One thousand street and labour children, aged 10-18 years, were recruited by using the time-location sampling method, and semistructured questionnaires were used to find demographic information and information on HIV/AIDS-related high-risk sexual behaviours. Blood samples were collected from children, with use of the dried blood sampling method. RESULTS: 4.5 of children were HIV infected, 1.7 were infected with hepatitis B virus and 2.6 were infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Having parents who used drug, infected with HCV and having experience in trading sex significantly increased the likelihood of getting HIV among the street children of Tehran. CONCLUSION: HIV prevalence among street children is much higher than general population (<0.1), and in fact ,the rate of positivity comes close to that among female sex workers in Iran. These findings must be an alarm for HIV policymakers to consider immediate and special interventions for this at-risk group.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent Child *Child Health Coinfection/blood/*epidemiology/virology Dried Blood Spot Testing Female HIV Infections/blood/*epidemiology/virology Hepatitis B/blood/*epidemiology/virology Hepatitis C/blood/*epidemiology/virology Homeless Youth/*statistics & numerical data Humans Iran/epidemiology Male Poverty Prevalence Sampling Studies Sex Workers/*statistics & numerical data Sexual Behavior/statistics & numerical data Sexual Partners Vulnerable Populations *Children *Hepatitis b *Hepatitis c *Hiv *Seroprevalence
Page Range: pp. 421-423
Journal or Publication Title: Sexually transmitted infections
Abstract and Indexing: ISI, Pubmed, Scopus
Quartile : Q2
Volume: 93
Number: 6
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ISSN: 1472-3263 (Electronic) 1368-4973 (Linking)
Depositing User: خانم مریم زرقانی

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