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Opioid Maintenance Therapy Linked to Lower Hepatitis C Rates for People Who Inject Drugs

Young drug injectors who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy using buprenorphine or methadone have a lower likelihood of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who continue injecting or use other types of substance use treatment, according to a study published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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EACS 2013: HCV Reinfection Common Among HIV Positive Gay Men in Europe

A study found that 18% of HIV positive men acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) a second time after clearing the virus, with some having third and fourth infections as well, according to findings from the European AIDS Treatment Network presented at the 14th European AIDS Conference this month in Brussels.

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Hepatitis C Prevention and Management for People Who Inject Drugs

People who inject drugs can benefit from hepatitis C prevention efforts and antiviral treatment, but comprehensive programs may be needed to help overcome a variety of challenges, according to a special supplement of Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled "Prevention and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs: Moving the Agenda Forward." The International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users is holding its biennial symposium this week in Munich.

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