A large proportion of people who inject drugs are susceptible to hepatitis B: Results from a bio-behavioural study in eight German cities.

@article{Haussig2018ALP,
  title={A large proportion of people who inject drugs are susceptible to hepatitis B: Results from a bio-behavioural study in eight German cities.},
  author={Joana M Haussig and Stine Maria Louring Nielsen and Martyna Gassowski and Viviane Bremer and Ulrich Marcus and Benjamin Wenz and Norbert Bannert and C-Thomas Bock and Ruth Zimmermann},
  journal={International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases},
  year={2018},
  volume={66},
  pages={
          5-13
        }
}
BACKGROUND People who inject drugs (PWID) are at high risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection by sharing needles and drug use paraphernalia. In Germany, no routine surveillance of HBV prevalence and vaccination coverage among PWID exists. METHODS Socio-demographic and behavioural data were collected between 2011 and 2014 through face-to-face interviews, during a bio-behavioural survey of PWID recruited in eight German cities. Dried blood spots (DBS) prepared with capillary blood were tested… CONTINUE READING
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