Hepatitis C transmission in injection drug users: could swabs be the main culprit?

@article{Thibault2011HepatitisCT,
  title={Hepatitis C transmission in injection drug users: could swabs be the main culprit?},
  author={Vincent Thibault and Jean-Louis Bara and Thomas N{\'e}fau and Catherine Duplessy-Garson},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={204 12},
  pages={1839-42}
}
Prevention programs for intravenous drug users have proven their efficacy in decreasing human immunodeficiency virus transmission but have limited effect on hepatitis C virus (HCV) contamination. A study was conducted to document the presence of HCV genome (HCV RNA) in 620 items of used injecting paraphernalia collected from representative sites. Using sensitive molecular techniques, HCV RNA was not detected on used filters or water vials and was seldom detected on cups (9%). However, HCV RNA… CONTINUE READING
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