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J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Feb;14(1):30-8. doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9536-8.

Factors associated with hepatitis B testing among Cambodian American men and women.

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  • 1Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (M3-B232), Seattle, WA 98109, USA. vtaylor@fhcrc.org

Abstract

Cambodian Americans have an elevated risk of liver cancer. This health disparity is attributable to high rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Our study examined factors associated with HBV testing among Cambodian men and women. A population-based survey was conducted in the Seattle area. The Health Behavior Framework guided our survey instrument development. We attempted to interview a man and a woman in each household. The sample included 300 men and 367 women. About one-half of the male (45%) and female (54%) respondents had been tested for HBV. Two factors were independently associated with testing among men and women: a doctor had recommended testing and had asked a doctor for testing. Knowing that someone who looks and feels healthy can spread HBV was independently associated with testing among men. Low levels of HBV testing remain a public health problem among Cambodians. Interventions should improve patient-provider communication by encouraging providers who serve Cambodians to recommend HBV testing, as well as by empowering Cambodians to ask for testing.

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