Hong Kong Med J 2009;15(Suppl 8):S45-6
Prevalence of hepatitis C infection in injection drug users in Hong Kong
SS Lee
Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
1. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is highly prevalent in Hong Kong injection drug users (IDUs).
2. Infection with HCV is associated with a long history of injections, older age, and recent practice of high-risk behaviours.
3. There is a discrepancy between the low HIV rate and high HCV rate in Hong Kong IDUs, despite the common route of transmission through needle sharing.