Eur J Epidemiol. 1987 Sep;3(3):278-83. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
A seroepidemiological survey, carried out to evaluate the prevalence of
antibodies to HIV in patients with ARC and in healthy individuals at
risk for AIDS, showed the infection to be widespread in the groups at
risk, namely in drug abusers and hemophiliacs. However, remarkable
difference existed between the prevalence of antibodies to HIV in drug
abusers of the city of Palermo and those of other Sicilian provinces.
Spread of the virus among Sicilian thalassemics, however, was very low
and quite similar in all geographic areas. Antibodies were found very
rarely (0.06%) in unpaid voluntary blood donors. The spread of the virus
is still confined in high risk groups, and the major part of the
seropositive blood donors were identified a posteriori as drug abusers.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/IMMUNOLOGY Adolescence
Adult Antibodies, Viral/*ANALYSIS AIDS-Related
Complex/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/IMMUNOLOGY Cross-Sectional Studies Female Human
HIV/*IMMUNOLOGY Male Risk Factors Sicily Support, Non-U.S. Gov't