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Prevalence, distribution, and correlates of hepatitis C virus infection among homeless adults in Los Angeles.

Authors
  • Gelberg, Lillian
  • Robertson, Marjorie J
  • Arangua, Lisa
  • Leake, Barbara D
  • Sumner, Gerald
  • Moe, Ardis
  • Andersen, Ronald M
  • Morgenstern, Hal
  • Nyamathi, Adeline
Type
Published Article
Journal
Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
127
Issue
4
Pages
407–421
Identifiers
PMID: 22753984
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Despite the high prevalence of HCV infection, nearly half of the cases were hidden and few had ever received any HCV-related treatment. While injection drug use was the strongest independent predictor, patterns of injection drug use, non-injection drug use, prison stays, and multiple tattoos were also independent predictors of HCV. Findings suggest that urgent interventions are needed to screen, counsel, and treat urban homeless adults for HCV infection.

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