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Hepatitis Rates Soar Among IV Drug Users, Study Finds
Date:7/27/2011

Wales in Sydney, and colleagues wrote.

"Efforts to prevent, treat, and reduce harms related to liver disease in IDUs are essential -- especially in situations in which HIV has successfully been prevented or managed -- because the large numbers of IDUs infected with HCV and significant morbidity resulting from this infection mean that the health and economic costs of HCV transmitted by injected drug use might be as high as (or higher than) those of HIV," the authors added.

"Nonetheless, HCV treatment is underused. Part of the reason for this neglect is the high cost, which will remain a substantial barrier to increasing of treatment coverage in low-resource settings until costs are reduced," the researchers concluded.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about viral hepatitis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, July 27, 2011


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