Table 1

Clinical characteristics of patient populations

A (HCV RNA negative)B (HCV RNA positive)
Number3531
Mean age (range)38.6 (19–68)38.2 (28–64)
Sex23M, 12F19M, 12F
Estimated duration of infection (years)(not known in 4 cases)(not known in 11 casess)
 Maximum17.514.3
 Minimum 8.512.3
Route of infection
IVDU25 (71)15 (48)
 Blood/blood products6 (17)5 (16)
 Sexual/familial1 (3)1 (3)
 Unknown3 (9)10 (32)
  • Unless otherwise indicated, values in parentheses are percentages.

  • IVDU, intravenous drug use.