Hepatitis C in the criminal justice system: opportunities for global action in the era of viral hepatitis elimination

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Hepatitis C in the criminal justice system: opportunities for global action in the era of viral hepatitis elimination
Globally, HCV disproportionately affects individuals who intersect with the criminal justice system. Of the estimated 10.2 million people incarcerated worldwide on any given day, approximately 15%, or 1.5 million, are living with HCV [2]. Despite the dramatic epidemiologic disparity between corrections and the community, HCV is overwhelmingly transmitted outside correctional settings. HCV is far more common among marginalized populations such as people who use drugs, the homeless, and mentally ill. These groups are overrepresented in correctional settings due to policies related to the criminalization of drug use and crimes of poverty. High HCV rates coupled with a point of contact with these marginalized populations make correctional settings critically important to provide all phases of the HCV care cascade (screening, linkage to care, treatment, and prevention).
Authors: Matthew J. Akiyama
Citation: BMC Medicine 2020 18:208
Content type: Commentary
Published on: 14 August 2020