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Injecting drug use adds to global burden of HIV, viral hepatitis
 

Injecting drug use adds to global burden of HIV, viral hepatitis

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Injecting drug use (IDU) is a major contributor to the global burden of disease (GBD) due to infection with blood-borne viruses, according to a recent study.
 
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25 Sep 2016 - General
 
Intravenous drug use is really a risk factor for HIV. Surprisingly, contracting blood-borne Hepatitis B and C is a greater risk than getting HIV infection. Nonetheless, this is how HIV spread in the Visayas region of the country. Substance of abuse can be injected to a drug user for merely 5 USD. In fact, the syringes and injection cost more than the drug itself. This prompted locals to opt for needle sharing, a huge risk factor for contracting blood-borne illnesses. Then, there was the snowball...
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Unfortunately low to middle-income countries had the highest Injecting Drug Use attributable HIV burden and high-income countries had the highest Injecting Drug Use (IDU) attributable HCV burden. IDU is a major contributor to the global burden of the disease (GBD) because IDU is the main cause of blood-borne viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. This is a recent study that has involved HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C diseases in the global burden of diseases. Previously th...
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Intravenous drug users are the cohort of patients who are very susceptible to blood borne infection like HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. Those chronic viral infections are usually lead to a myriad of different serious medical complications, which required significant amount of medical treatment. Both the hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to liver cirrhosis (causing complication like ascites, varices formation, and encephalopathy), and hepatocellular carcinoma. Currently, there are a few ne...
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