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High prevalence of HIV and hepatitis B and C is found among injecting drug users

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4078
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Almost a fifth (18%) of injecting drug users, or 2.8 million people, are estimated to be infected with HIV, says a report by a United Nations agency.

However, in regions with a high population prevalence of HIV, such as Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia, the infection rate in drug users is much higher, says the World Drug Report 2011 from the Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In Estonia and Brazil, for example, the prevalence …

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