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Remarkable resemblance in the mode of transmission of HCV infection among haemodialysis patients and IVDAs
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    Author’s reply:
    • Anil K Saxena, Consultant Nephrologist & Deputy Chief,,
    • Other Contributors:
      • B.R. Panhotra; A M Al-Arabi Al-Ghamdi

    Dear Editor

    Authors would like to reemphasize on the fact that haemodialysis (HD) patients and intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs) - are the two heterogeneous groups that have very little in common other than the modes of transmission of HCV infection, since both of them -

    1. Form the high-risk groups for the parentrally acquired HCV infection.

    2. Survive in a high-risk environment amid rath...

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    Remarkable difference in the mode of HCV transmission among haemodialysis patients and IVDAs
    • Seyed M Alavian, Associate Professor of Gastroenterology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Behzad Hajarizadeh

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the letter by Saxena et al.[1]

    We would however take issue with their hypothesis, as we indeed believe in the remarkable differences in the HCV transmission mode in these two high-risk groups. The studies have reported 70-90 percent as the HCV infection prevalence rate among intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs).[2] The main source of HCV infection in this populat...

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