Is Hepatitis C Clearance Possible for People Who Inject Drugs?

Researchers have previously shown that 20-40% of people infected with hepatitis C fight off and clear the virus from their body without any medical intervention. This does not mean, though, that these individuals are immune to reinfection. Australian researchers report 9 confirmed and 17 possible cases of hepatitis C reinfections in 188 drug-injecting study participants. Additionally, many of those who were re-infected did not clear the virus as they did the first time, suggesting that immunity is incomplete and supporting previous research.

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