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The association between homelessness, hepatitis C risk factors and hepatitis C exposure among people who inject drugs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: protocol for a cross-sectional study

Sultan, B; Lewer, D; (2019) The association between homelessness, hepatitis C risk factors and hepatitis C exposure among people who inject drugs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: protocol for a cross-sectional study. UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Among people who inject drugs, homeless people have increased risk of hepatitis C. This study will use data from approximately 11,000 participants from the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey of HIV and Viral Hepatitis among People Who Inject Drugs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to test whether (a) those with experience of homelessness differ in terms of risky injecting practices, contact with harm reduction services and incarceration (b) prevalence of hepatitis C exposure is higher among those with experience of homelessness (c) any difference in hepatitis C exposure is explained by differences in injecting practices, contact with harm reduction, and incarceration. The results will inform the development of strategies to achieve the target of hepatitis C elimination in England in the populations that are hardest to reach with existing service models.

Type: Report
Title: The association between homelessness, hepatitis C risk factors and hepatitis C exposure among people who inject drugs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: protocol for a cross-sectional study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.rp.10069694
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/000.rp.10069694
Language: English
Keywords: Viral hepatitis, Homelessness, Injecting drug use
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069694
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