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Volume 15, Number 11—November 2009

Dispatch

HIV Infection among Illegal Migrants, Italy, 2004–2007

Maria Chiara Pezzoli, Issa El Hamad, Carmelo Scarcella, Francesco Vassallo, Fabrizio Speziani, Graziella Cristini, Carla Scolari, Barbara Suligoi, Anna Maria Luzi, Daniela Bernasconi, Miriam Lichtner, Nino Manca, Giampiero Carosi, Francesco CastelliComments to Author , and Giuseppina Cassara’the PRISHMA Study Group
Author affiliations: Local Health Authority, Brescia, Italy (M.C. Pezzoli, C. Scarcella, F. Vassallo, F. Speziani, C. Scolari); Spedali Civili General Hospital, Brescia (I. El Hamad, G. Cristini); National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy (B. Suligoi, A.M. Luzi, D. Bernasconi); University La Sapienza, Rome (M. Lichtner); Casa del Sole Hospital, Palermo, Italy (G. Cassara’); University of Brescia, Brescia (N. Manca, G. Carosi, F. Castelli)

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Table 1

Sociodemographic characteristics of 3,003 migrants, Italy, 2004–2007

Characteristic Value*
Sex
F 1,587 (52.8)
M
1,416 (47.2)
Median age, y (range)
31 (18–74)
Marital status
Married 1,236 (43.3)
Single
1,617 (56.7)
Place of origin
Europe 1,341 (44.7)
Sub-Saharan Africa 674 (22.4)
Asia 470 (15.7)
North America 339 (11.3
Latin America
179 (6.0)
Median migration period, mo (range)
23.4 (0.2–324)
Religion†
Christianity 1,854 (61.8)
Islam 901 (30.0)
Other 115 (3.8)
None
129 (4.3)
Education, y‡
<8 775 (25.9)
>8
2,222 (74.1)
Job status
Employed 1,545 (51.4)
Unemployed
1,458 (48.6)
Immigration status
Illegal 2,748 (91.5)
Legal 255 (8.5)

*Except where indicated, values are no. (%).
†n = 2,999.
‡n = 2,997

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1PRISHMA (Prevalence, Incidence, Risk Factors and Identification of Subtypes of HIV in Migrants and Analysis of Specific Antibody Avidity) Study Group: Elena Grassi, Antonella Ricci, and Anna Rodella (Brescia, Italy); Mario Affronti and Tullio Prestileo (Palermo, Italy); Giovanni Baglio, Stefano Buttò, Laura Cacciani, Anna Colucci, Rosaria Cuomo, Pietro Gallo, Vincenza Regine, and Vincenzo Vullo (Rome, Italy).

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