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dc.contributor.authorFord, Chris
dc.contributor.authorBressan, Juliet
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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