Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2732

Full Length Research Paper

Seroprevalance of HIV infection among patients attending STD clinic at National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria

Muhammad T.1, Ene A. C.2*, Atanda G. O3, Nwankwo E. A.4 and Baba M. M.5
  1Department of Microbiology, National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria. 2Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Maiduguri Out Station, P.M.B 1293,   Maiduguri, Nigeria. 3Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology Vom, Nigeria. 4Department of Medicine, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria. 5Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
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  • Article Number - A96D07423953
  • Vol.4(2), pp. 065-068, February 2009
  •  Accepted: 12 January 2009
  •  Published: 28 February 2009

Abstract

 

The sero-prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in patients attending STD clinic at National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria was determined from two hundred sera collected from patients. The result showed that 31 (16.5%) were HIV positive as antibodies to HIV was found in their sera. The age distribution revealed that the highest prevalence of HIV antibodies was found in the age group of 21 - 30 years (7%), followed by the age group of 10 - 20 years (4%). The lowest prevalence of HIV antibodies was found in the age group of 41 - 50 years (1.5%). Generally, unique association of sexually transmitted disease and HIV was found among the STD patients. It can be concluded that the sero-prevalence of HIV among STD patients particularly the young, is very high. The youths should continuously be educated world wide about HIV pandemic and methods of prevention.

 

Key words:  STDs, HIV, prevalence, Abuja, Nigeria.

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