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[Illegal drug users and risk factors for HIV and HCV infection].

[Article in German]

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Bereich Suchtmedizin, Klinikum Schwabing, M√ľnchen, BRD. Markus.Backmund@kms.mhn.de

Abstract

Since the beginning of the HIV-epidemic, injection drug users (IDUs) have had a high risk of acquiring an infection with HIV. Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common infectious disease among IDUs. About 4 to 6 % of IDUs are HIV positive and more than 60 % are HCV positive. 90 % of HIV-positive IDUs are both HIV positive and HCV positive. Substitution treatment is the most effective prevention of HIV and HCV infection. Both HIV infection and chronic hepatitis C can be treated most successfully during substitution treatment.

PMID:
17377722
DOI:
10.1007/s00103-007-0189-7
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