Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of the viral hepatitis cohorts

VariableHAVHAV IgG positiveHAV IgM positiveHBVHBsAg positiveHBcAb positiveHCVTayside population (1993-5)
Values are number (%).
HAV, HBV, HCV, hepatitis A, B, C virus, respectively; HBsAg, hepatitis B surface antigen; HBcAb, hepatitis B core antibody.
n4090400486433187331469366 849
Female2217 (54)2170 (54)47 (55)171 (39)79 (42)107 (32)148 (31)187 616 (51)
Male1873 (45)1834 (46)39 (45)262 (60)108 (57)224 (67)321 (68)179 225 (48)
Age (y) (mean (SD))53.1 (13.8)53.7 (13.1)26.0 (17.6)41.7 (19.2)40.7 (18.6)42.5 (19.5)34.8 (15.4)42.5 (23.1)
Median age (y)5455233736363242
Deprivation category
    1 (most affluent)490 (13)486 (13)4 (5)20 (5)8 (5)23 (8)9 (2)27 951 (8)
    2825 (27)818 (22)7 (8)32 (9)17 (11)20 (7)36 (9)67 179 (19)
    3816 (21)804 (22)12 (15)65 (18)30 (19)43 (15)39 (10)87 876 (24)
    4697 (18)684 (18)13 (16)65 (18)24 (15)61 (21)75 (18)67 266 (19)
    5252 (7)241 (6)43 (15)60 (16)33 (21)43 (15)75 (18)41 394 (11)
    6+7 (least affluent)739 (19)704 (18)94 (33)126 (34)46 (29)94 (33)171 (42)69 744 (19)
Missing27126716652947645439
% Test positive/year37.1 (6.7)4.1 (1.8)6.0 (1.5)