The incidence of hepatitis C in students of Medical School

Hippokratia 2001, 5(1):26-29

J Vesiropoulos, P Mentzelopoulou, C Tsiouri, J Mauroudi, I Raptopoulou-Gigi


The prevalence of HCV infection among srudents attending the 4th, 5th a?d 6th year of education in medica! school, consisting mainly of clinical courses, was studied in ninety (90) srudents of medical school in Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki. Forty four were men (48.8 %) and forty six were women (51.2 %) with an age ra?nge from 21 to 27 years. Fourteen of them (5.6%) were in the 4th year, thirty nine (43.3 %) in the 5th year and thirty seven (41.1 %) in the 6th year of medical school. Our results showed that anti-HCV were negative in all the students participating in the present study. The students came from various places of Greece and Cyprus. Other paramerers that have been taken under consideration included a history of blood transfusion and intravenous drug abuse. Among the ninety students, one mentioned a blood transfusion in the past and only one had used intravenous drugs. Conclusion: Our results showed that the incidence of HCV infection among medical students in our university is zero and this is possibly due to the way of life and habits of our students and the fact that intravenous drug use is almost absent among medical students.