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Spread of bloodborne viruses among Australian prison entrants.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication Date
Volume
310
Issue
6975
Pages
285–288
Identifiers
PMID: 7866168
Source
Medline

Abstract

Hepatitis B and C are spreading rapidly through some populations of injecting drug users in Victoria, particularly among men aged less than 30 years at risk of imprisonment in whom rates of spread are extreme; this group constitutes a sizeable at risk population for spread of HIV. This spread is occurring in a context of integrated harm reduction measures outside prisons for prevention of viral spread but few programmes within or on transition from prisons; it poses an urgent challenge to these programmes.

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