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Bloodborne and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Drug Users in a Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Graciela Moscatello, Patricia Campello and Jorge A. Benetucci

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue Supplement_5, pages S343-S347
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377549
Bloodborne and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Drug Users in a Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Injection drug users (IDUs) constitute a population highly vulnerable to infections transmitted by blood or sexual relations. Social problems and marginalization hinder IDUs from accessing the health care system. The rates of prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis B virus infections in IDUs are high, and they have become of great concern for the Argentinean health care system. An integral frame oriented to identifying the extent of the different individual risk factors, and to enhancing social circumstances, has shown a significant benefit in terms of personal and social matters. These risk factors were analyzed according to a severity of drug abuse scoring system. At the beginning of the study, only 7 of 108 patients were in a low gravity stage, whereas there were 40 patients in the low gravity stage by the end of the study (P < .0001). On the basis of our results, we conclude that low-cost nonmedical tools are effective and have a high impact on patients' health.

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

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