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Hepatitis C-related discrimination among heroin users in Sydney: drug user or hepatitis C discrimination?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15385226     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a common infection among injecting drug users. There are currently few available data on the extent (or prevalence) of HCV-related discrimination. This study examined perceived discrimination among a sample of heroin users and sought to determine whether the discrimination was attributed to their drug user or HCV status. Heroin users were recruited through needle and syringe programmes and methadone clinics in Sydney and were asked about discrimination in the preceding 12 months. Four hundred and one heroin users were recruited, of whom 59% reported being HCV-positive. Discrimination was reported by 22% of the 237 IDUs who reported being HCV-positive, with 17% reporting that the discrimination occurred in the preceding 12 months. Sixty-seven incidents were reported, of which half were perceived to be due to their drug user status, 15% of these incidents were due to HCV status and 25% due to a combination of both. Twenty-five incidents occurred in a health-care setting, of which 13 resulted in the service being withheld. HCV is a serious public health concern, and if IDU are to be encouraged into drug treatment it is essential that service providers are perceived to be non-discriminatory. In managing IDU patients, health care workers need to be cognizant of the impact that their attitude has on treatment outcome.
Authors:
Carolyn Day; Joanne Ross; Kate Dolan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drug and alcohol review     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0959-5236     ISO Abbreviation:  Drug Alcohol Rev     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-23     Completed Date:  2005-01-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015440     Medline TA:  Drug Alcohol Rev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  317-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. carolyn.day@unsw.edu.au
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Australia / epidemiology
Catchment Area (Health)
Female
Hepatitis C / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Heroin Dependence / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Questionnaires
Substance Abuse, Intravenous / diagnosis,  epidemiology*

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