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

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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
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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