Journal article

Incidence and correlates of hepatitis C virus infection in a large cohort of prisoners who have injected drugs

Kathryn J Snow, Jesse T Young, David B Preen, Nicholas G Lennox, Stuart A Kinner

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is common among prisoners, particularly those with a history of injecting drug use (IDU). Incarcerated people who inject drugs frequently report high-risk injecting practices both in prison and in the community. In spite of rising morbidity and mortality, utilisation of HCV-related services in Australia has been persistently low. This study aimed to describe the incidence, prevalence and correlates of HCV seropositivity in a large cohort of prisoners who have injected drugs, and to identify correlates of receiving confirmation of active infection. METHODS: Data-linkage to a State-wide statutory notifiable diseases surveillance system was used to ..

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