Survey of hepatitis B and C in addiction treatment unit

Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2000 Nov;26(4):703-7. doi: 10.1081/ada-100101903.


The survey on our unit revealed that 80% of injection drug users (IDUs) had hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAB), and 90% had hepatitis C virus antibody (HCVAB). Less than half of each group did not know or were unsure of the mode of transmission and spread of HCV. These findings emphasize the need to focus on education, especially about transmission of hepatitis B and C infection in drug addicts, particularly IDUs.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Hepatitis B / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis C / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / rehabilitation
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation