Prevalence of HIV and HBV and associated risk factors in communal areas: programmatic implications in the peripheral areas of Yaounde

  • Kamga Wouambo Rodrigue 1Estuary Academy and Strategic Institute (IUES/INSAM/ISSAS), Higher Institute of Health Applied Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
  • Kagoue Simeni Luc Aimé Estuary Academy and Strategic Institute (IUES/INSAM/ISSAS), Higher Institute of Health Applied Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
  • Tchatchouang Serges Estuary Academy and Strategic Institute (IUES/INSAM/ISSAS), Higher Institute of Health Applied Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
  • Philippe Salomon Nguwoh Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry, University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon 6National Public Health Laboratory-Ministry of Public Health, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Panka Tchinda Gaelle
  • Mbarawa Marat Kofia Ibrahim The Higher Institute of Health Sciences (ISPS), Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Jean-Thierry Ebogo Belobo nstitute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plant Study, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Lawan Loubou Mohamadou National Radiation Protection Agency, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Livo F. Esemu The Biotechnology Center, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Taheu Ngounouh Christian Faculty of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences (FMPS), University of Douala, Douala, Cameroon
  • Fokam Josep Estuary Academy and Strategic Institute (IUES/INSAM/ISSAS), Higher Institute of Health Applied Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Keywords: Seroprevalence, HIV, HBV, risks factors, communal area.


Background:The prevalence of HIV and HBV infections differs from place to place with few evidence on their risk factors. The aim of this study was to evaluate the seroprevalenceand risk factors of HIV, HBV in Ottou village, a communal area on the outskirts of Yaounde. Methods:A cross-sectional study was carried out from May to September 2018 at “Sainte Monique”, a pediatric and gynecologic health centre. Associations between AIDS and HBV knowledge, demographics, behavior factors and blood transfusionand HIV and HBV infection were analyzed using a Chi-square and Odd ratio.Testswas performed using Epi info 7 withp<0.05, as significance.Results: Among 153 enrolled participants, the median age was 29 years old with interquartile range from 22 to 36 years. The prevalence of HIV, HBVand the co- infection HIV/HBV was respectively 11.11% (17/153), 14.37% (22/153) and1.3% (2/153). We found that females were more infected by HIV than men (13.3% vs. 6.3%). Contrariwise, men were more infected by HBV (16.7% vs. 11.4%) however, the differences were not statistically significant, respectively (p= 0.31; p=0.37). Univariate analysis identified that multiple sexual partners (OR 3.35, 95% CI: 1.17-9.61, p=0.019) and the lack of awareness on HBV (OR 5.96, 95% CI: 1.97-18.07, p=0.0001)were associated risk factors to contracting HBV whereas having multiple sexual partners was the only identifiable risk factor for HIV (OR 7.5,95% CI: 1.65-34.06, P=0.0064). Conclusions:Targeted, tailored, and comprehensive interventions are urgently needed to prevent the HIV and HBV infections in this locality.


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