A multicentre sero-behavioural survey for hepatitis B and C, HIV and HTLV among people who inject drugs in Germany using respondent driven sampling

Ruth Zimmermann, Ulrich Marcus, Dirk Schäffer, Astrid Leicht, Benjamin Wenz, Stine Nielsen, Claudia Santos-Hövener, Stefan Ross, Oumaima Stambouli, Boris A. Ratsch, Norbert Bannert, Thomas Bock, Claudia Kücherer & Osamah Hamouda
Background: People who inject drugs are at high risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. HTLV was reported by neighboring countries to be prevalent in this population, but the situation for Germany is unclear. To generate seroprevalence and related behavioural data and to enhance prevention efforts against these infections for drug users in Germany, a multicentre sero- and behavioural survey was initiated. People who inject drugs are not well reached by services for testing...
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