A group of UC San Francisco researchers are recommending a six new regulations to prevent the rapid spread of hepatitis C. It is estimated more than 31,000 young people may be newly infected with the virus each year in the United States due to injection-drug use.
The research project, U Find Out” or UFO Study,” covered 16 years with injection-drug users, recommends that the clean syringe programs be continued as they have proven to be successful. Further emphasis will focus on the social issues behind drug use and the development of multiple approaches to addressing the widespread use of hepatitis C.
The study’s lead investigator, Kimberly Page, PhD, MPH, a professor in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in UCSF Global Health Sciences, said, ”Based on our UFO Study here in San Francisco, we have accumulated data that identify key strategies that, when scaled up, could substantially reduce the rate of new hepatitis C infections among young people who inject drugs,” said.
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