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Delivering Therapy for Hepatitis C Virus Infection to Incarcerated HIV-Seropositive Patients

Barbara McGovern, Joseph Fiore, Alysse Wurcel, Paul Taglienti, Meg Bradley, Susan Galvin, George Libone, Jean Ramsey, Valerie Molinaro-Gudas, Stephen Drewniak, Carol Amick, Anjali Andalkar, Harriet Scheft and Ioana Bica

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue Supplement_1, pages S56-S62
Published in print July 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/429497
Delivering Therapy for Hepatitis C Virus Infection to Incarcerated HIV-Seropositive Patients

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The increase in morbidity and mortality due to end-stage liver disease has fueled recent guidelines that recommend consideration of treatment for hepatitis C in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected patients. Unfortunately, studies indicate that few patients coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are treated for their underlying hepatitis because of ongoing substance abuse, depression, chaotic lifestyles, homelessness, and perceived nonadherence. The structured environment of the prison system enables clinicians to provide complicated therapies for HCV to HIV-infected patients in combination with substance abuse programs. Furthermore, adherence to and adverse effects of therapy can be closely monitored. Offering treatment for HCV infection during incarceration to HIV-seropositive persons is highly efficient and targets underserved minority patients who have limited access to care in the community.

Journal Article.  4925 words.  Illustrated.

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

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