Detection of occult Hepatitis B virus infection in Diyala Province

Abstract

The aim of the present reseaech is to study detection of occult hepatitis B virus infection between blood donors in diyala province by polymerase chain reaction .The results also showed that 3.9% of HBsAg negative blood donors was positive for HBV DNA by PCR ,a significant association between HBsAg& HBVDNA (p<0.001).The results showed that 0.6% of HBsAg and anti –HBc IgM negative were positive for HBV DNA ,on the contrary ,all of blood donors with positive HBsAg &anti-HBc IgM were positive for HBV DNA with a significant association (p<0.001).