Journal Article

Infrequent Reinfection after Successful Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Injection Drug Users

Markus Backmund, Kirsten Meyer and Brian R. Edlin

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 10, pages 1540-1543
Published in print November 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/425361
Infrequent Reinfection after Successful Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Injection Drug Users

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We followed-up 18 injection drug users for a mean of 33.8 months (range, 4–55 months) after successful treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Fifteen (83%) of the patients remained HCV RNA-negative, 1 patient was not tested, and 2 patients had test results positive for HCV RNA. The estimated rate of reinfection as a result of injection drug use was 0–4.1 cases per 100 person-years (cumulative incidence, 0%–12.6% at 48 months after completion of treatment). Of 50 patients originally treated, 15 (30%) were HCV RNA-negative 3 years later.

Journal Article.  2736 words.  Illustrated.

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

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