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AASLD 2014: Young Drug Injectors on Opioid Agonist Therapy Have Lower Risk of HCV Infection

Young people who inject drugs (PWID) who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy with methadone or buprenorphine have more than a 60% reduction in their risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) over time, compared to those with no substance use treatment, according to a study presented Monday at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston. Findings were also published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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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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Studies Reveal HIV and HCV Epidemics Among Injection Drug Users in the Middle East and North Africa

At least one-third of countries in the Middle East and North Africa that historically have had low rates of HIV infection now have emerging epidemics largely attributable to injection drug use, according to a systematic review published in the June 17 edition of the open access journal PLoS Medicine. Rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection also appear to be high and rising.

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