Journal Article

Genotypic and Epidemiologic Characteristics of Hepatitis C Virus Infections among Recent Injection Drug User and Nonuser Populations

Laura Krekulova, Vratislav Rehak, Nora Madrigal, Matthew Johnson, Patrick Killoran and Lee W. Riley

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 8, pages 1435-1438
Published in print October 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/323199
Genotypic and Epidemiologic Characteristics of Hepatitis C Virus Infections among Recent Injection Drug User and Nonuser Populations

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The recent surge in injection drug use (IDU) in Prague, Czech Republic, provided an opportunity to compare the distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes among recent injection drug users and nonusers. We provide evidence that the most common HCV subtype, 1b, has been circulating in Prague longer than the other subtypes but that IDU practice has magnified its recent prevalence, and that the primary drug of choice among IDU subjects appears to influence the prevalence of a particular HCV subtype.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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