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Volume 15, Number 11—November 2009

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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 2

Likely time and place of infection for 27 HIV-infected migrants, Italy, 2004–2007

Time of migration Antibody avidity index <0.8 
(infection acquired in past 6 mo), no. (%) Antibody avidity index >0.8 
(infection acquired >6 mo earlier), no. (%)
Past 6 mo 1 (3.7) 
(place of infection is undetermined) 4 (14.8) 
(likely place of infection is country of origin)
>6 mo before HIV testing 6 (22.2) 
(likely place of infection is Italy) 16 (59.3) 
(place of infection is undetermined)

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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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