A retrospective study of Hepatitis A, B, C, and HIV in KwaZulu-Natal for the period 2002 2010: epidemiological and public health aspects

Nerisha Tathiah, Prof CC Jinabhai

Abstract


Hepatitis A, B and C contribute substantially to the burden of hepatic disease. HIV influences the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of the hepatitis viruses. There is a scarcity of population-based epidemiological data on the hepatitis viruses in the context of the South African HIV pandemic. This retrospective database study will document the epidemiology of hepatitis A, B and C, and their relationship to HIV, in KZN, for the period 2002 2010. Routine HIV and hepatitis serology results will be downloaded and analysed anonymously using the Department of Virology laboratory database. Co-infection rates, sociodemographic and geographical data and water/sanitation coverage will be analysed.