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Sleepwalking through an epidemic: why social work should wake up to the threat of Hepatitis C

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Journal publication date2004
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Journal number6
Volume36
Number of pages10
Pages897-906
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

One of the many consequences of injecting drug use is the potential risk to infectious blood-borne viruses. There is evidence that the risk of contracting Hepatitis C (HCV) is greater than that of HIV. Despite repeated warnings from a variety of sources and thousands of new infections among drug users each year and rising incidents of ‘'crack’ injecting, successive governments have failed to address a public health emergency of immense proportions - the HCV epidemic. This article explores this issue and the implications it has for social work.