Association in the seroprevalence of hepatitis A and herpes simplex-1 viruses in young adults in Israel

J. Katz*, M. Gdalevich, I. Ashkenazi, G. Chaushu, J. Shemer

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Background: The rise in the standard of living of the Israeli population during recent decades has been accompanied by a significant decline in the prevalence of various viral diseases including hepatitis A (HAV). This trend is not reflected in the seroprevalence of herpes simplex (HSV) infection, which has remained stable during these years. Materials and Methods: The Public Health Branch of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Medical Corps continuously draws a systematic, representative sample of male and female recruits on their 1st day of service, based on digit combinations of the military identification number. These recruits are asked to give a blood sample and to undergo a short interview. A quantitative determination of anti-HSV-1 and anti-HAV antibodies was performed. Results: In the present study that included 124 male and 98 female 18-year-old army recruits, 51.1% of the anti-HSV-positive subjects was also positive for anti-HAV, compared to 27% among anti-HSV-negative persons. Rate ratio (RR) for anti-HAV seropositivity between anti-HSV-1-positive and negative recruits was 1.86 (95% CI 1.3-2.7). Conclusion: The present study suggests a strong association between the seroprevalence of both viruses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-233
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Army recruits
  • Hepatitis A virus (HAV)
  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
  • Israel
  • Seroprevalence


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