The urgent need for HIV and hepatitis prevention in drug treatment programs in Hungary

V. Anna Gyarmathy, József Rácz, Alan Neaigus, Eszter Ujhelyi

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Abstract

We assess HIV and hepatitis testing and counseling in drug treatment programs in Hungary, a country with low rates of HIV but high rates of hepatitis C among injection drug users. The official context of drug treatment programs is described, and using key informants from representative drug treatment programs, the practice of HIV and hepatitis testing and counseling in such programs is assessed. Although HIV testing and counseling occurs, testing and counseling for hepatitis B and C are rare, especially in outpatient settings, and sexual risk in the drug use context is ineffectively addressed by treatment programs. Drug treatment centers are not adequately addressing the need to provide either HIV or hepatitis prevention services. There is an urgent need for preventing HIV and related infections among drug users by integrating HIV and hepatitis B and C prevention with drug treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-287
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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