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The Sero-Prevalence of HIV-1 among Visceral Leishmaniasis Patients in Damazen Town the Blue Nile State Sudan

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Blue Nile, Sudan
  • 2Departments of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Al-Butana , Sudan
  • 3Departments of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of Dongola, Sudan
  • 4Departments of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of Blue Nile, Sudan

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 7, Issue (1), Pages 7-9, January,28 (2019)


The aim of this study was to determine HIV-1 seropositivity among visceral leishmaniasis (VL) patients. It was also used to compare between ELISA, WB and RT-PCR as diagnostic test tools. The study was conducted on 200 patients and 200 healthy controls from Blue Nile State. We used Indirect Enzymatic-Link Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), Western Blot Test and Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) as diagnostic test. The HIV-1 seropositivity among the study groups were five individuals (2.5%) from patients group were positive for HIV-1 while, two (1.0%) of the healthy control were positive. The sensitivity and specificity of ELISA test, WB were 100% and 99.8% respectively, the diagnostic accuracy was 97.89%. Moreover, there was a complete agreement between ELISA and RT-PCR and WB results. In addition, there was no statistically significant difference between the two study groups regarding RT-PCR, WB and ELISA results (P>0.05). However there was no statistical significant difference between VL and HIV-1 (P>0.05). We concluded that ELISA was an adequate screening test for the diagnosis of HIV-1 with reasonable sensitivity and specificity. However, it should be confirmed by RT-PCR. RT-PCR was highly sensitive and specific test and was a gold standard test especially important when serological test was borderline. Moreover HIV-1 should be taken into consideration during the follow up of visceral leishmaniasis patients.


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