By Hannah Branch & Sofia Bartlett
SEPTEMBER 26, 2022, CATIE Blog
People who have experienced incarceration are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), such as HIV and hepatitis C. For example, the prevalence of hepatitis C among people incarcerated in B.C.’s provincial system may be as high as 25%, compared to 1% in the general population. To support this community’s health and wellbeing, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control partnered with B.C. Mental Health and Substance User Services to develop You Matter: Pathways to Care for STBBIs. This project was funded under the Supporting Pathways to Care for People Who Use Drugs program of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Created in collaboration with healthcare workers, corrections staff, community groups, researchers and people with living or lived experience, You Matter provides guidelines and policy recommendations for STBBI testing and linkage to care in B.C.’s provincial correctional centres.
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