Australia: "Treat Drug Users" to Cut Hep C Rates
June 5, 2012
The number of Australian injecting drug users with hepatitis C virus could be reduced by half if IDUs were included in treatment programs, according to health experts. Researchers from the Melbourne-based Burnet Institute also contend that reducing HCV among IDUs could likewise decrease infection within the general population.
Hellard advocates governmental funding of grassroots-level services such as primary care and community clinics, drug treatment centers, and prisons affording IDUs better access to treatment. She points to drug advancements on the horizon that would decrease the duration and side effects of current HCV treatment, and ultimately prevalence of the virus.
Australian Associated Press
06.04.2012; Michelle Henderson
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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