Ending the mass criminalisation of people who use drugs: a necessary component of the public health response to hepatitis C

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/331826
Title:
Ending the mass criminalisation of people who use drugs: a necessary component of the public health response to hepatitis C
Authors:
Ford, Chris; Bressan, Juliet
Citation:
Ford C, Bressan J. Ending the mass criminalisation of people who use drugs: a necessary component of the public health response to hepatitis C. BMC Infectious Dis. 2014, 14 (Suppl 6):S4
Publisher:
BMC Infectious Diseases
Journal:
BMC Infectious Diseases
Issue Date:
Sep-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/331826
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2334-14-S6-S4
Additional Links:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/14/S6/S4
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
There is clear evidence that the global HIV epidemic is fuelled by the war on drugs and by the criminalisation of people who inject drugs (PWID) [1]. We also have some evidence that the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is fuelled in the same way [2], with the resulting stigmatisa- tion and discrimination serving as barriers to HCV care and treatment. Hepatitis C, like HIV, is preventable and treatable. Unlike HIV, it is curable. Yet it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in PWID [3]. There is much higher prevalence of HCV than HIV among PWID, especially in prisons. Global prevalence of HCV is estimated to be about 80% among PWID, versus a prevalence of roughly 2% – 3% in general populations [4]. A staggering 90% of people who have been injecting drugs for more than 10 years are HCV-positive, as are half of people who have been injecting drugs for less than 10 years [2]
Keywords:
DRUGS MISUSE; HEPATITIS C
ISSN:
1471-2334

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFord, Chrisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBressan, Julieten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-24T11:25:05Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-24T11:25:05Z-
dc.date.issued2014-09-
dc.identifier.citationFord C, Bressan J. Ending the mass criminalisation of people who use drugs: a necessary component of the public health response to hepatitis C. BMC Infectious Dis. 2014, 14 (Suppl 6):S4en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1471-2334-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2334-14-S6-S4-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/331826-
dc.descriptionThere is clear evidence that the global HIV epidemic is fuelled by the war on drugs and by the criminalisation of people who inject drugs (PWID) [1]. We also have some evidence that the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is fuelled in the same way [2], with the resulting stigmatisa- tion and discrimination serving as barriers to HCV care and treatment. Hepatitis C, like HIV, is preventable and treatable. Unlike HIV, it is curable. Yet it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in PWID [3]. There is much higher prevalence of HCV than HIV among PWID, especially in prisons. Global prevalence of HCV is estimated to be about 80% among PWID, versus a prevalence of roughly 2% – 3% in general populations [4]. A staggering 90% of people who have been injecting drugs for more than 10 years are HCV-positive, as are half of people who have been injecting drugs for less than 10 years [2]en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMC Infectious Diseasesen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/14/S6/S4en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to BMC Infectious Diseasesen_GB
dc.subjectDRUGS MISUSEen_GB
dc.subjectHEPATITIS Cen_GB
dc.titleEnding the mass criminalisation of people who use drugs: a necessary component of the public health response to hepatitis Cen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalBMC Infectious Diseasesen_GB
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