A new challenge for the Mexican health system: hepatitis C in people who inject drugs

Carlos Magís-Rodríguez, Rodrigo Marín-Navarrete, Ignacio García-Juárez

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17711/SM.0185-3325.2019.019


Injecting-drug use is present in 179 of 206 countries worldwide, with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevalence of 17.8% and 52.3%, respectively, among the 15.6 million people who inject drugs (PWIDs) (Degenhardt et al., 2017; Platt et al., 2016). This epidemic produces a high impact on global public health by increasing days lost associated to disability, morbidity, and mortality (Degenhardt et al., 2017).

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