Is the HCV-HIV co-infection prevalence amongst injecting drug users a marker for the level of sexual and injection related HIV transmission?

@article{Vickerman2013IsTH,
  title={Is the HCV-HIV co-infection prevalence amongst injecting drug users a marker for the level of sexual and injection related HIV transmission?},
  author={Peter Vickerman and Natasha Kaleta Martin and Anuradha Roy and Tara Beattie and Don Des Jarlais and Steffanie Anne Strathdee and Lucas Wiessing and Matthew Hickman},
  journal={Drug and alcohol dependence},
  year={2013},
  volume={132 1-2},
  pages={172-81}
}
BACKGROUND Amongst injecting drug users (IDUs), HIV is transmitted sexually and parenterally, but HCV is transmitted primarily parenterally. We assess and model the antibody prevalence of HCV amongst HIV-infected IDUs (denoted as HCV-HIV co-infection prevalence) and consider whether it proxies the degree of sexual HIV transmission amongst IDUs. METHODS HIV, HCV and HCV-HIV co-infection prevalence data amongst IDU was reviewed. An HIV/HCV transmission model was adapted. Multivariate model… CONTINUE READING
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