Persons in correctional facilities in Canada: A key population for hepatitis C prevention and control

Fiona G. Kouyoumdjian, Kathryn E. McIsaac

Abstract


About one in nine Canadians who are infected with hepatitis C spend time in a correctional facility each year. With high rates of current injection drug use and needle sharing, this population may account for a large proportion of new infections. Any national strategy to address hepatitis C should include a focus on persons in correctional facilities, and should build on existing evidence regarding primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.


Keywords


Hepatitis C; incarcerated; prison; Canada

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17269/cjph.106.5132