Gastroenterology

90% of injection drug users miss opportunities for HIV or HCV testing




Using data from more than 840,000 health care encounters, researchers estimated that around 90% of people who inject drugs missed opportunities for HIV or hepatitis C virus testing during a recent 8-year period — especially rural males seeking care for skin infections or endocarditis.
“We were interested in assessing HIV and hepatitis C infection testing rates for patients with substance use disorders, and in understanding opportunities for increasing testing rates at clinical visits,” Lara Bull-Otterson, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s National Center for

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