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J Adolesc Health. 2009 Mar;44(3):302-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.08.007. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

Methamphetamine injection independently predicts hepatitis C infection among street-involved youth in a Canadian setting.

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  • 1Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

Street-involved youth are an important population with respect to hepatitis C. We therefore undertook this study to determine factors associated with HCV-antibody-positive status among street-involved youth. Vulnerabilities included injection drug use and at least once-daily heroin and crystal methamphetamine injection. Implementing injection drug use prevention, evidence-based opioid substitution and crystal methamphetamine treatment programs for street-involved youth is critical.

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PMC3410711
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