Journal of medical virology 2017 09 28() doi 10.1002/jmv.24955
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and genotypes among 965 individuals attending an HIV testing and counseling unit in Dhaka Bangladesh during Jan-Dec 2011 was determined. Anti-HCV antibody was detected in 4.4% individuals; the highest rate 37.8% was in people who inject drugs followed by that in the general population (1.3%) and less than 1% in other populations. HCV RNA was detected in 2.7%. The most common genotype was genotype 3 (88.5%) followed by genotype 1 (11.5%). A national wide surveillance for HCV infection reaching all key populations is required to assess the countywide burden and to develop appropriate treatment strategies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.