Title: Management of hepatitis C virus infections in intravenous drug users
Authors: Robaeys, Geert ×
Matheï, Cathy
Buntinx, Frank
Van Ranst, Marc #
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Acta Medica Belgica
Series Title: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica vol:65 issue:2 pages:99-100
Abstract: Intravenous drug use is a major route of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission. In Belgium, more than 70% of the intravenous drug users (IVDUs) are HCV seropositive. In the past, medical treatment of HCV-positive IVDUs has been controversial. However, current studies support that the anti-HCV therapy of IVDUs should be the same as in other HCV-infected patients. In prison populations, HCV screening and therapy has to be performed. Patients should be counseled about the benefits of alcohol abstinence, should be educated about safer injection techniques to avoid reinfection, and should be vaccinated to avoid hepatitis A or B co-infections. Treatment of HCV infections should not be withheld from patient populations with complicated social problems. Physicians should rather develop individual treatment and followup plans in order to optimize compliance in IVDUs.
ISSN: 0001-5644
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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