Being cured of hep C discourages future illicit drug use

The behaviour change was persistent after two years: study

Treating injecting drug users for hepatitis C can be a catalyst for breaking their addiction or avoiding the sharing of injecting equipment, a study suggests.

Injecting drug user

Researchers followed 190 patients at 25 sites, including seven in Australia, who had injected drugs in the past six months or were currently in an opioid agonist treatment program when they started direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment.

They found that for every follow-up appointment, to a maximum of 10 over a two-year period, the odds of each patient having