Journal Article

Sleepwalking through an Epidemic—Why Social Work should Wake up to the Threat of Hepatitis C

Ian Paylor and Michael Orgel

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 34, issue 6, pages 897-906
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch107
Sleepwalking through an Epidemic—Why Social Work should Wake up to the Threat of Hepatitis C

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One of the many consequences of injecting drug use is the potential risk to infectious blood-borne viruses. There is evidence that the risk of contracting Hepatitis C (HCV) is greater than that of HIV. Despite repeated warnings from a variety of sources and thousands of new infections among drug users each year and rising incidents of ‘'crack’ injecting, successive governments have failed to address a public health emergency of immense proportions - the HCV epidemic. This article explores this issue and the implications it has for social work.

Keywords: HCV; drug users; injecting; epidemic

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Subjects: Social Work

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