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Cullen, Walter and Kelly, Yvonne and Stanley, June and Langton, Deirdre and Bury, Gerard (2005) Experience of hepatitis C among current or former heroin users attending general practice. Irish Medical Journal , 98 , (3) , pp. 73-4.

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The majority of injecting drug users in Ireland are infected with hepatitis C (HCV) and many attend general practice for methadone maintenance treatment. To describe awareness and experience of HCV infection, related investigations and treatment, a semi-qualitative interview study of current or former heroin users attending a general practice was carried out. Twenty-five patients (69% of total) were interviewed, of whom 23 were on methadone maintenance therapy at the time of the interview and 22 were HCV positive. While awareness of harm reduction measures and health implications of the infection was good, continued high-risk activity was common. Negative experiences at diagnosis, of subsequent investigations and treatments received were common. Only one person had been treated for HCV. We conclude there are a number of barriers to effective HCV management among heroin users and further research is needed to improve our understanding of this issue.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:March 2005
Page Range:pp. 73-4
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:98
Number:3
Keywords:behavioral risk and protective factors, general practice, hepatitis C, heroin, intravenous drug user, Ireland, treatment barriers
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Accession Number:HRB 4284 (Available)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C

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