HIV and hepatitis B and C co-infection among people who inject drugs in Zanzibar

Khatib A, Matiko E, Khalid F, Welty S, Ali A, Othman A, Haji S, Dahoma M, Rutherford G

People who inject drugs are at high risk of acquiring hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to risky injection and sexual practices. The objective of this study is to investigate the epidemiology of HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, and co-infection of these viruses among people who inject drugs in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The findings of the study underscore the importance of screening people who inject drugs for HIV, HBsAg, and HCV; providing HBV vaccination to those who are eligible; initiating antiretroviral therapy for those who are co-infected with HIV/HBV and HIV/HCV; and introducing interventions that have high impact on reducing needle sharing.

April 10, 2018
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
people who inject drugs (PWID), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV-HCV co-infection, HIV-HBV co-infection, co-infections, needle-sharing

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