Antiviral Treatment to Prevent Transmission of Hepatitis C in People Who Inject Drugs
Eric Dieperink*, Astrid Knott
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
Issue: Suppl 1: M8
First Page: 130
Last Page: 137
Publisher Id: MEDJ-3-130
Article History:Received Date: 05/02/2015
Revision Received Date: 06/06/2015
Acceptance Date: 07/08/2015
Electronic publication date: 29/07/2016
Collection year: 2016
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The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is common among people who inject drugs (PWID) and causes significant morbidity and mortality. Opiate replacement therapy and needle exchange programs have effectively prevented the transmission of the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) but have been less effective for HCV. Other HCV prevention strategies are needed. Antiviral therapy with all oral direct acting antivirals is currently available and appears to be highly effective even in PWID and offers a possible strategy to further prevention efforts. This paper will review current evidence for treatment as prevention for HCV in PWID.