Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C

Holly Hagan, H. Thiede, N. S. Weiss, S. G. Hopkins, J. S. Duchin, E. R. Alexander

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Objectives. This study investigated the sharing of drug preparation equipment as a possible route of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission. Methods. HCV seroconversion was measured in a cohort of 317 injection drug users who tested negative for HCV antibody at recruitment. Results. Cumulative HCV incidence was 16.7% per year. Among those who did not share syringes, HCV seroconversion was associated with sharing drug cookers and filtration cotton (adjusted risk ratio=5.9; 95% confidence interval=1.1, 31.7);54% of HCV infections in injection drug users who did not share syringes were attributable to cooker/cotton sharing. Conclusions. Among injection drug users who do not share syringes, an important proportion of HCV infections may be attributed to cooker/cotton sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume91
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

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Drug Compounding
Hepatitis C
Hepacivirus
Equipment and Supplies
Syringes
Drug Users
Virus Diseases
Injections
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Incidence
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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Hagan, H., Thiede, H., Weiss, N. S., Hopkins, S. G., Duchin, J. S., & Alexander, E. R. (2001). Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C. American Journal of Public Health, 91(1), 42-46.

Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C. / Hagan, Holly; Thiede, H.; Weiss, N. S.; Hopkins, S. G.; Duchin, J. S.; Alexander, E. R.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 91, No. 1, 2001, p. 42-46.

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Hagan, H, Thiede, H, Weiss, NS, Hopkins, SG, Duchin, JS & Alexander, ER 2001, 'Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 42-46.
Hagan H, Thiede H, Weiss NS, Hopkins SG, Duchin JS, Alexander ER. Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C. American Journal of Public Health. 2001;91(1):42-46.
Hagan, Holly ; Thiede, H. ; Weiss, N. S. ; Hopkins, S. G. ; Duchin, J. S. ; Alexander, E. R. / Sharing of drug preparation equipment as a risk factor for hepatitis C. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2001 ; Vol. 91, No. 1. pp. 42-46.
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