“Methadone users may delay seeking treatment for hepatitis C virus infection due to misconceptions about the disease and its treatment options, according to study results presented at the 2016 EASL Special Conference: New Perspectives in Hepatitis C Virus Infection — The Roadmap for Cure.
“The results of this study showed clear conceptual differences about barriers, benefits and beliefs about HCV treatment between methadone clients who did and did not have HCV,” Sarah B. Bass, PhD, MPH, associate professor of public health at Temple University in Philadelphia, told Infectious Disease News. “Those who were HCV [positive] believed that treatment was ‘worth it,’ but were also concerned about others believing they might have HIV and that not having symptoms was a reason for not being treated.”
Read more at: http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/hepatitis- c/news/print/infectious- disease-news/%7Bca471a88- 5df8-4334- b2bc-1b8ce6f9444d%7D/methadone- users- misconceptions-about- hcv-delay- treatment
Source: Helio.com – October 2016