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Author Topic: Comparing Used Needles to Mosquitoes Sheds Light On Ways to Prevent Hep C  (Read 5442 times)

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A new mathematical modeling study relied on the patterns governing the spread of malaria through mosquitoes to inform researchers about optimal ways to combat the transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) through the sharing of used drug needles in the context of the opioid epidemic.

Publishing their findings in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, a research team lead by Brandon Ogbunu, an assistant professor in Brown University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, fed into its mathematical model a number of parameters impacting the hep C epidemic. These included the number of people newly adopting injection drug use, the proportion of people who inject drugs (PWID) entering treatment for substance use disorder, the number of new needles used per day and how both HCV-infected and uninfected needles are discarded.



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