A proof-of-concept study of hepatitis C as a means ofreducing onward transmission �C treatment as prevention �C recently began inAustralia. But in many countries �C including England �C rates of hepatitis Ctesting and treatment remain very low among people in prison and among people whoinject drugs.
Opt-out testing for hepatitis C was introduced in prisons inEngland and Wales in 2014, but the long duration of interferon-based treatmentmeans that prisoners are often released before treatment can be completed,making the scale up of interferon-based treatment in prisons impractical.
Shorter treatment courses of 8 to 12 weeks usingdirect-acting antivirals would be more effective and more likely to becompleted before release, but the cost-effectiveness of interferon-freeregimens in prison populations is unclear.
Using a model developed to project the dynamics of HCVtransmission among prison populations in England and Wales, Natasha Martin andepidemiologists at the University of Bristol calculated the cost-effectivenessof an 8- or 12-week treatment course which achieved a 95% cure rate, and alsoconsidered the effects of variations in the rate of testing, referral totreatment and treatment initiation.
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