Hepatitis C Service Delivery in Prisons: Peer Education From the “Guys in Blue”

Corrine E. Munoz-Plaza, Shiela M. Strauss, Janetta M. Astone, Don C. Des Jarlais, Holly Hagan

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Inmates in U.S. correctional facilities are approximately 9 times more likely to have hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection than the nonincarcerated population. Some correctional facilities provide HCV services, yet little is known about inmate and staff satisfaction with them. Using qualitative data collected in a prison-based drug treatment program in California, this paper describes inmate and staff perceptions of the benefits and barriers to delivering HCV services. Participants commented primarily on their peer education program and on perceived budgetary constraints as a barrier to ongoing HCV service delivery. Participants' recommendations for the future included increasing HCV education and staff training, and expanding the peer educators program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-368
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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