The Burden of Hepatitis C in the Injection Drug User Population

Jennifer Chen
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is estimated to affect about 130 million people worldwide, but determining the actual incidence of HCV infection is complicated by the asymptomatic nature of the disease. Asymptomatic individuals do not physically manifest the disease but still have the potential to transmit the disease to others, and chronically infected persons face the risk of developing advanced liver disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.1 As HCV is most efficiently transmitted through large or repeated...
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