Document Server@UHasselt >
Research >
Research publications >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/1473

Title: Evidence for a substantial role of sharing of injecting paraphernalia other than syringes/needles to the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users
Authors: Mathei, Catharina
Shkedy, Ziv
Denis, B
Kabali, C
Aerts, Marc
Molenberghs, Geert
Van Damme, P
Buntinx, F
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: JOURNAL OF VIRAL HEPATITIS, 13(8). p. 560-570
Abstract: In industrialized countries, transmission of hepatitis C occurs primarily through injecting drug use. Transmission of hepatitis C in injecting drug users is mainly associated with the sharing of contaminated syringes/needles, although evidence for risk of hepatitis C infection through sharing of other injecting paraphernalia is increasing. In this paper, the independent effects of sharing paraphernalia other than syringes/needles have been estimated. The prevalence and force of infection were modelled using three serological data sets from drug users in three centres in Belgium as a function of the sharing behaviour. It was found that sharing of materials other than syringes/needles indeed seemed to contribute substantially to the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/1473
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2006.00725.x
ISI #: 000239191800009
ISSN: 1352-0504
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2007
Appears in Collections: Research publications

Files in This Item:

Description SizeFormat
Published version227.67 kBAdobe PDF

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.