Can HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infection be Eliminated among Persons Who Inject Drugs?

David C. Perlman, Don C. Des Jarlais, Jonathan Feelemyer

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Abstract

HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are readily transmitted among persons who inject drugs. The HIV and HCV epidemics have expanded rapidly, becoming global health issues. Combined prevention has been implemented to reduce injection and sexual transmission of HIV and HCV among persons who inject drugs. Reductions in risky injection and sexual behavior have led to dramatic reductions in HIV in many countries. Whether comparable reductions in HCV transmission can be achieved has yet to be determined. Eliminating HIV and HCV among persons who inject drugs will require considerable resources and commitment, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-205
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume34
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

Keywords

  • HIV
  • combined prevention
  • drug injection
  • hepatitis C virus
  • persons who inject drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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