publication . Article . 2017

Prevalence and risk factors for hepatitis C viral infection amongst a cohort of irish drug users attending a drug treatment centre for agonist opioid treatment (AOT)

Keegan, D.; Crowley, D.; Eamon Laird; Hout, M. C.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Background: Injecting drug use (IDU) is a major driver of the European hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic. National data on prevalence of HCV amongst Irish drug users remains confined to certain treatment sites and prison settings. Aim: To examine the prevalence of HCV infection and risk factors associated with infection among the 228 patients attending agonist opioid treatment (AOT) in a clinic in Dublin. Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted using data collected from Health Research Board (HRB) forms and standardised written and electronic assessment forms routinely completed on treatment initiation. Results: The prevalence of HCV infectio...
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