Incidence and prevalence of Hepatitis C among clients of a Brisbane methadone clinic: factors influencing Hepatitis C serostatus

Selvey, Linda A., Denton, Michelle and Plant, Aileen J. (1977) Incidence and prevalence of Hepatitis C among clients of a Brisbane methadone clinic: factors influencing Hepatitis C serostatus. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 21 1: 102-104. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.1997.tb01664.x


Author Selvey, Linda A.
Denton, Michelle
Plant, Aileen J.
Title Incidence and prevalence of Hepatitis C among clients of a Brisbane methadone clinic: factors influencing Hepatitis C serostatus
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Publication date 1977
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1997.tb01664.x
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 102
End page 104
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The objective of this study was to describe the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C infection among clients of a methadone program in Queensland. The clinical notes of clients receiving methadone for treatment of opiate dependence who first registered at the clinic after 1989 were perused for information about their serological status for hepatitis C and hepatitis B infections during a six-week period in 1994. We followed hepatitis C negative clients until August-September 1995. At study entry, 69 per cent of the clients were recorded as being hepatitis C positive. Of those who were negative, the seroconversion rate was 11 per 100 person-years. The high incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C among methadone clients emphasises the need for effective early intervention strategies to prevent the transmission of hepatitis C among injecting drug users.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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