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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 106, Issue 6, pp e454–e456 | Cite as

Persons in correctional facilities in Canada: A key population for hepatitis C prevention and control

  • Fiona G. KouyoumdjianEmail author
  • Kathryn E. McIsaac
Commentary

Abstract

About one in nine Canadians who are infected with hepatitis C spend time in a correctional facility each year. With high rates of current injection drug use and needle sharing, this population may account for a large proportion of new infections. Any national strategy to address hepatitis C should include a focus on persons in correctional facilities, and should build on existing evidence regarding primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

Key Words

Hepatitis C incarcerated prison Canada 

Mots Clés

hépatite C prisonnier prison Canada 

Résumé

Environ un Canadien sur neuf infecté par l’hépatite C passe du temps dans un établissement de correction chaque année. Avec ses taux élevés d’utilisation actuelle de drogues par injection et de partage d’aiguilles, cette population pourrait représenter une grande proportion des nouveaux cas d’infection. Toute stratégie nationale de lutte contre l’hépatite C devrait mettre l’accent sur les personnes incarcérées et faire fond sur les données probantes existantes concernant la prévention primaire, secondaire et tertiaire.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on Inner City HealthSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada

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