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South Med J. 2010 Jul;103(7):635-41. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181e1dde1.

Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, and treatment knowledge among patients with HIV.

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Duke University Global Health Institute and Duke University Center for Health Policy, Durham, NC 27708, USA. Rae.jean@duke.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Liver disease associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a serious cause of mortality among people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) (PLWHA). Little is known about the HCV knowledge of PLWHA.

METHODS:

One hundred seventy-nine patients at an infectious disease clinic were interviewed on HCV knowledge and alcohol use.

RESULTS:

Sixty-six percent of participants indicated that HCV is transmitted through blood; 53% indicated that persons with HIV-HCV co-infection can benefit from HCV treatment; and 79% and 74%, respectively, indicated that safer sex and safer injection techniques can prevent HCV transmission. Among PLWHA with self-reported HCV, 97% indicated that persons with HCV should not drink alcohol, but 32% reported using alcohol in the past 30 days.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health education is needed to prevent HCV infections and increase HCV treatment-seeking. Higher education levels were related to more accurate HCV knowledge, indicating the need for health promotion for PLWHA of lower education levels.

PMID:
20531062
DOI:
10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181e1dde1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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