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HCV Testing & Treatment Among PWID

Subst Use Misuse; ePub 2018 Jun 22; Boucher, et al

Increased access to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID) is urgently needed, according to a recent study that examined HCV testing, status, and treatment among marginalized people who use drugs in an inner city setting. Researchers analyzed data from a cross-sectional, peer-administered survey of PWID from 2012 to 2013. They found:

  • Among 663 participants, 562 (84.8%) reported testing for HCV and 258 (45.9%) reported HCV-positive status.
  • In multivariable analysis, HCV-positive status was associated with female gender, advancing age, receiving disability payments, injecting drugs, ever injecting with a used needle, and ever having taken methadone.
  • Of 196 (76%) HCV-positive participants, 196 (76%) were engaged in primary care but only 23 (8.9%) had received HCV therapy.

Citation:

Boucher LM, Bayoumi AM, Mark AE, et al. Hepatitis C testing, status and treatment among marginalized people who use drugs in an inner city setting: An observational cohort study. [Published online ahead of print June 22, 2018]. Subst Use Misuse. doi:10.1080/10826084.2018.1485699.

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