Tattooing in prison: a risk factor for HCV infection among inmates in the Quebec's provincial correctional system

PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and identify related risk factors among inmates in Quebec provincial prisons. METHODS: Anonymous cross-sectional data were collected between May 2014 and March 2015 for 1315 men and 250 women who completed a questionnaire and provided oral fluid samples. RESULTS: The global prevalence of HCV infection was 11.9% in male participants and 19.2% in female participants (P = .003). Among people who inject drugs (PWID), the prevalence was much higher compared to that in persons who does not: 51.0% versus 2.4% in men (P 
Authors (Zotero)
Poulin, Céline; Courtemanche, Yohann; Serhir, Bouchra; Alary, Michel
Date (Zotero)
April, 2018