Table 2

Risk factors for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in infected (n=32) and non-infected (n=207) women (No (%))

Risk factorHCV infected womenWomen who refused testing or tested negative
Any exposure to illicit drugs (chiefly intravenous use)13  (41)2-160 3  (1.5)
Partner used iv drugs8 (25)2-160 6 (3)
HCV infected partner4 (13)2-160 1 (0.7)
Transfusion1 (3)17 (8)
Previous surgery17 (53)83 (40)
Tattoo/body piercing (chiefly pierced ears)31 (97)2-160 114 (55)
  • 2-160 p<0.01.