Injecting risk behaviour and year of first injection as predictors of hepatitis B and C status among methadone maintenance patients in south London

NOBLE, A., BEST, David, FINCH, E., GODDOP, M., SIDWELL, C. and STRANG, J. (2000). Injecting risk behaviour and year of first injection as predictors of hepatitis B and C status among methadone maintenance patients in south London. Journal of Substance Use, 5 (2), 131-135.

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Abstract

Data and blood samples were obtained from 112 injecting opiate patients attending a methadone clinic in south London. Prevalence rates for markers of prior HBV and HCV infection were assessed, and risk factors for each blood-borne infection examined. Eighty per cent (90/112) were HCV and 50% (52/104) HBV positive. A greater proportion of those who had first injected pre-1985, the first year of widespread public awareness of drug-related blood-borne infection, were HBV and HCV positive (77% vs 27% for HBV; 94% vs 68% for HCV), although the pattern of onset differs between the two infections. Implications for public health and interventions are considered.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 09:50
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2015 09:50
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9428

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