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Subst Use Misuse. 2007;42(9):1477-84.

Characterization of former heroin addict patients with Hepatitis C virus antibodies in a methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic in israel.

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Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse, Treatment & Research, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. einatp@tasmc.health.gov.il

Abstract

AIMS:

To compare characteristics, retention in treatment and cessation of drug abuse of 249 positive hepatitis C (HCV+) with 188 negative hepatitis C (HCV-) antibody patients.

METHODS:

Data on Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV results, urine-proven drug use, and modified ASI of all patients admitted to the Adelson MMT clinic between June/1993-Dec/2002 were prospectively collected.

RESULTS:

HCV+ patients manifested more ever injecting drug use, immigrants, positive HIV antibody, hepatitis B antigen, years of opiate addiction pre-MMT and benzodiazepines misuse after one year in MMT than HCV- patients, with similar 1-year retention and proportion of opiate use cessation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although characteristics of HCV+ and HCV- differed, they manifested similar outcomes: treatment retention and proportion of opiate use cessation.

PMID:
17886143
DOI:
10.1080/10826080701212550
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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