Prevalence of Opportunistic Intestinal Protozoan Infection Among HIV/AIDS Patients in Jalingo Metropolis
Biomedical Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 74-78
Received: Jul. 18, 2020; Accepted: Aug. 19, 2020; Published: Sep. 19, 2020
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Onyeuku Okechukwu Chinwe, Department of Laboratory Services, Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, Nigeria
Elkanah Obadiah Sambo, Department of Biological Sciences, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria
Obiorah Sylvester Chibuzor, Department of Laboratory Services, Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Nigeria
Elkanah Deborah Sambo, Department of Biological Sciences, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria
Egeonu Stephen Ugoeze, Department of Laboratory Services, Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Nigeria
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Opportunistic protozoans parasitic infection occur frequently in individuals with weakened immune system including people with HIV/AIDS. The study sought to determine the prevalence of opportunistic intestinal protozoan infection in HIV/AIDS patients in Jalingo metropolis. The procedure of wet mount technique and faecal concentration techniques processed the faeces collected. The CD4+ count of patients were determined using the Partee Cyflow Counter, which determines the percentage of CD4+ cells of individuals. A total of eight hundred and fifty (850) faecal samples were collected from sero-positive and sero-negative HIV/AIDS persons in Jalingo metropolis. Out of the 850 subjects 650 (76.47%) were sero-positive while 200 (23.53%) were sero-negative (Control). The sero-positive subjects showed higher prevalence of 118 (18.15%) of opportunistic parasitic protozoan infection according to the following hospital locations: Government House, 12 (25.71%); Ummah Clinic, 8 (21.82%); Taraba State Specialist Hospital, 50 (18.18%) and Federal Medical Centre, 38 (15.20%). The prevalence was higher among female positives, 68 (l9.60%) than the male, 50 (16.50%) with no significant difference (p>0.05). The infection based on age groups revealed that the age group 10-15 years had the highest prevalence of 27 (48.21%) while the age group 41-45 years had the least prevalence of 2 (2.63%). Subjects involved in farming had higher prevalence 30 (46.15%) while the least was found among those of trading/business, 33 (13.86%) with no significant difference in infection (p>0.05). C. parvum had the highest prevalence, 46 (24.46%) among the sero-positive individuals while E. coli the highest among sero-negative, 9 (60.00%). It is recommended that clinicians caring for HIV/AIDS patients should request for routine stool examination for the specific diagnosis of opportunistic intestinal parasites infections.
Protozoans, Infections, HIV/AIDS, Patients, Opportunistic
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Onyeuku Okechukwu Chinwe, Elkanah Obadiah Sambo, Obiorah Sylvester Chibuzor, Elkanah Deborah Sambo, Egeonu Stephen Ugoeze, Prevalence of Opportunistic Intestinal Protozoan Infection Among HIV/AIDS Patients in Jalingo Metropolis, Biomedical Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 74-78. doi: 10.11648/
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