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Homelessness, Unstable Housing, and Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Acquisition Among People Who Inject Drugs: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Apr 01, 2021 | Julia Zigman

A new study in The Lancet Public Health found that homelessness and unstable housing are associated with increased risk of HIV and HCV acquisition among PWID.

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and also have high levels of homelessness and unstable housing. The authors assessed whether homelessness or unstable housing is associated with an increased risk of HIV or HCV acquisition among PWID compared with PWID who are not homeless or are stably housed. The findings of the systematic analysis support the development of interventions that simultaneously address homelessness and unstable housing and HIV and HCV transmission in this population.

Read the full study here.


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About Julia Zigman

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Julia Zigman is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis team. Julia focuses primarily on NACCHO’s Ending the HIV Epidemic portfolio and is a lead staff member for the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup. Learn more about these programs here.

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