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, 33 (4), 314-21

Age Cohort Differences in Illicit Drug Use and Hepatitis C Among African American Substance Users

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Age Cohort Differences in Illicit Drug Use and Hepatitis C Among African American Substance Users

Nicole Ennis Whitehead et al. J Addict Dis.

Abstract

Identifying prognostic indicators for undiagnosed Hepatitis C is crucial to attenuate the negative impact of this disease. This study explored the influence of recent and more distal injection drug use on biologically confirmed Hepatitis C infection among a sample (N = 260) of older and younger African Americans. Data from the baseline assessment of the NEURO-HIV epidemiologic study was analyzed using confounder adjusted regression techniques. Older adults were more likely to test positive for Hepatitis C (OR = 2.80, 95% CI = 1.53-5.11) due to lifetime injection drug use (AOR = 5.37, 95% CI = 3.10-9.28). Clinical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Hepatitis C; medically underserved; older adult; substance use.

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Figure 1. Biologically Confirmed HCV
Note. Older Adults were 2.8 times more likely 95% CI (1.53-5.11) to be HCV+

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