Rapid Decline in HCV Incidence among People Who Inject Drugs Associated with National Scale-Up in Coverage of a Combination of Harm Reduction Interventions


Sep 2014 by Norah E. Palmateer, Avril Taylor, David J. Goldberg, Alison Munro, Celia Aitken, Samantha J. Shepherd, Georgina McAllister, Rory Gunson, Sharon J. Hutchinson
This study, funded by the Scottish Government, sought to determine whether trends in the proportion of injectors newly infected with hepatitis C in Scotland between 2008 and 2012 could be linked to the adequacy of provision of sterile injecting equipment and of methadone maintenance treatment. It found that impressive reductions in hepatitis C incidence can be achieved among PWID over a relatively short time period through high coverage of a combination of harm reduction interventions.
UK, Scotland