Estimating the prevalence of ex-injecting drug use in the population.

  title={Estimating the prevalence of ex-injecting drug use in the population.},
  author={Michael J Sweeting and Daniela de Angelis and A. E. Ades and Matthew Hickman},
  journal={Statistical methods in medical research},
  volume={18 4},
Injecting drug use is the main route of transmission for the hepatitis C virus in the developed world. Knowledge about the characteristics of the past and current injecting drug user (IDU) population is therefore vital in order to understand the epidemiology of hepatitis C. The IDU population is ;hard to reach' and hence most epidemiological studies have concentrated on estimating current IDU prevalence, whilst little is known about the potentially large pool of ex-injectors. We demonstrate a… CONTINUE READING

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