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Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Mar 1;42(5):669-72. Epub 2006 Jan 20.

Eligibility for treatment of hepatitis C virus infection among young injection drug users in 3 US cities.

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  • 1National Development and Research Institutes, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, New York, NY, 10010, USA. hagan@ndri.org

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  • Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Jun 15;42(12):1818.


Among 404 injection drug users aged 18-35 who tested positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA, 96% had conditions that are potentially unwarranted contraindications for HCV treatment (e.g., problem drinking, moderate-to-severe depression, and recent drug injection). Restrictive eligibility criteria may deny treatment to a large proportion of patients who could benefit from it.

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