Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C

H. Hagan, H. Thiede, N. S. Weiss, S. G. Hopkins, J. S. Duchin, E. R. Alexander

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Abstract

Objectives. This study investigated the sharing of drug preparation equipment as a possible route of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission. Methods. HCV seroconversion was measured in a cohort of 317 injection drug users who tested negative for HCV antibody at recruitment. Results. Cumulative HCV incidence was 16.7% per year. Among those who did not share syringes, HCV seroconversion was associated with sharing drug cookers and filtration cotton (adjusted risk ratio=5.9; 95% confidence interval=1.1, 31.7);54% of HCV infections in injection drug users who did not share syringes were attributable to cooker/cotton sharing. Conclusions. Among injection drug users who do not share syringes, an important proportion of HCV infections may be attributed to cooker/cotton sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Hagan, H., Thiede, H., Weiss, N. S., Hopkins, S. G., Duchin, J. S., & Alexander, E. R. (2001). Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C. American journal of public health, 91(1), 42-46. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.91.1.42