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Vancouver youth at hep C risk: study 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Health officials are warning about the risks associated with such behaviours as heroin injections. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Health officials are warning about the risks associated with such behaviours as heroin injections. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV and AIDS says a new study showing Vancouver youths have a high rate of hepatitis C infection shows a need for boosted health-care interventions.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found more than 10% of street involved youth in Vancouver enrolled in the study contracted hepatitis C between 2005 and 2011.

Researchers said daily injections of heroin, cocaine and crystal meth were all big factors in the risk of infection.

“The risk for HCV acquisition among street youth in this setting was alarmingly high,” said Dr. Scott Hadland, the lead author of the study.  

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