Hepatitis C (HCV) infection affects 3% of the world's population with transmission largely via injecting drug use. The prison setting features both a high HCV prevalence, and high incidence of transmissions. This interdisciplinary project is linked to several cohort studies and clinical trials underway in the Australian prisons (HITS-p, SToP-C, SHARP-p) documenting incident HCV infections. The project will combine: spatio-temporal and epidemiological data defining case-to-case proximity and risk behaviours; molecular epidemiology based on next generation sequencing of HCV genomes and bioinformatics to identify likely transmission clusters; and qualitative interviewing to understand contexts of transmission. These data will inform prevention strategies.
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The Kirby Institute
Arts and Social Sciences
Centre for Social Research in Health