Seroprevalence of Hepatitis-B virus and Hepatitis-C virus in pregnant women in Hyderabad. HBV and HCV

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Afsheen Qazi
Bhawani Shanker
Rajesh Rathi
Narindar Kumar


Introduction: Infections of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are major global public health problem. Approximately 350 million and 190 million people worldwide are infected with HBV and HCV respectively. 

Objective: To evaluate seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C among pregnant  women of Hyderabad.

Methodology: This prospective cross sectional study conducted at Pathology department of a tertiary care hospital of Hyderabad during Jan 2019 to July 2019. During period of study data of 500 pregnant women recorded on pre structured proforma after taking informed consent. Causes of hepatitis other than B or C virus were excluded. Status of HCV and HBV was confirmed using Elisa method.

Results: showed 7% seropositivity for HCV and 4.2% for HBV among pregnant women.

Conclusion: Among pregnant females, in Hyderabad  there is a higher seropositivity of anti HCV antibodies as compared to HBsAg. Both seropositivity to HBV and HCV was found to be more prevalent in the 30-39 year age group.

Keywords: Pregnant women, Hyderabad, Seroprevalence HCV, Seroprevalence HBV.


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