Transmission of hepatitis C virus among people who inject drugs: viral stability and association with drug preparation equipment.

@article{Doerrbecker2013TransmissionOH,
  title={Transmission of hepatitis C virus among people who inject drugs: viral stability and association with drug preparation equipment.},
  author={Juliane Doerrbecker and Patrick Behrendt and Pedro Mateu-Gelabert and Sandra Ciesek and Nina Riebesehl and Corinne Wilhelm and Joerg Steinmann and Thomas Pietschmann and Eike Steinmann},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2013},
  volume={207 2},
  pages={
          281-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs remains a challenging public health problem. We investigated the risk of HCV transmission by analyzing the direct association of HCV with filters, water to dilute drugs, and water containers. METHODS Experiments were designed to replicate practices by people who inject drugs and include routinely used injection equipment. HCV stability in water was assessed by inoculation of bottled water with HCV. Viral association… CONTINUE READING

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