Hepatitis C Among Injecting Drug Users Is Two Times Higher in Stockholm, Sweden than in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2013 (English)In: Substance Use & Misuse, ISSN 1082-6084, E-ISSN 1532-2491, Vol. 48, no 14, 1469-1474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study assessed risk behavior and preventive measures for hepatitis C among injecting drug users in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (452 participants, 2002-2003) and Stockholm, Sweden (310 participants, 2004-2006), two cities with contrasting drug policies. Uni- and multivariate logistic regression models were used. We found that the prevalence of hepatitis C was almost two times higher in participants from Stockholm than in participants from Rotterdam, even after adjustment for sex sharing paraphernalia (adjusted relative risk: 1.92, 95% confidence interval: 1.60-2.29). Follow-up comparative studies are needed to determine if policies with structured health programs can decrease transmission of hepatitis C.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 48, no 14, 1469-1474 p.
injecting drug users, sharing needles or syringes or other paraphernalia, needle and syringe exchange programs, opiate substitution treatment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97678DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2013.793356ISI: 000326970500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97678DiVA: diva2:679844