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One in Four Heroin Injectors Infected With Hepatitis C


A new report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (2000;182:1588-1594) indicates that approximately 25 percent of Chicago-area injection drug users are infected with the hepatitis C virus (Hepatitis C Virus). Researchers found that the risk of contracting the disease is greater the longer and more frequent a person uses injection drugs. The study of 700 drug users, primarily heroin addicts, between the ages of 18 and 30 revealed that individuals who had been using drugs for one to four years had three times the likelihood of being infected as people who had used for under 12 months; the risk of infection was even higher for drug users of more than four years. The researchers determined that 27 percent of the subjects had Hepatitis C Virus, and most of the users were not familiar with the risks of the virus.

Source: Reuters Health Information Services (12/13/00); Courtesy of the CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.