HIV and HCV testing for young drug users in Rhode Island.

  title={HIV and HCV testing for young drug users in Rhode Island.},
  author={David L. Pugatch and Bradley J. Anderson and Janet V O'Connell and Laura C Elson and Michael D Stein},
  journal={The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine},
  volume={38 3},
Young injection drug users (IDU) are at risk for both human immunonodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C infections (HCV). Rates of HIV testing have been widely documented, but limited information exists regarding HCV screening rates. Among a community sample of 86 IDUs, aged 18-25 years in Rhode Island, 87.2% reported ever testing for HIV versus 51.2% for HCV (p < .001). Young injectors were under-screened for HCV compared with the far less prevalent HIV infection. 

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