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March 2016   Comments

Prison time offers hep C prevention opportunity

Prisons need more hepatitis C screening and treatment programs to help control the disease in inmates and reduce transmission rates in the public, St. Michael’s Hospital researchers say. More than 10 per cent of Canadians with hepatitis C are incarcerated in any given year, note the authors of a paper in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Needle exchanges, opioid substitution therapy, screening, treatment and post-release liaison to community-based programs could benefit this otherwise difficult-to-reach population.

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