Methadone maintenance patients' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and experiences concerning treatment for hepatitis C virus infection.

Subst Use Misuse 2010 Mar;45(4):496-514

Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York 13210, USA.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (KABE) of 64 HCV antibody positive methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) patients were assessed in conjunction with acceptability of an on-site semi-structured HCV education session, HCV RNA diagnostic testing, HCV treatment motivational assessment, and initiation of HCV treatment. The KABE interviews were conducted in 2006 and 2007 in an urban New York State MMT clinic in affiliation with a NIDA-funded HCV research project. The majority had basic knowledge of HCV disease, but poor understanding of HCV testing and treatment. While the majority of participants expressed fear of HCV treatment side effects, 88% accepted HCV RNA testing and 78% expressed willingness to start HCV treatment with the majority of chronically infected choosing to start HCV treatment medications. Study limitations and implications are discussed.

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