Table 2

Responses to Hepatitis B knowledge items
Hepatitis B knowledge items Yes N (%) No N (%)
Have you ever heard of a disease termed as Hepatitis? 383 (98.2) 7 (1.8)
Have you ever heard of a disease termed as Hepatitis B? 310 (79.5) 80 (20.6)
Is Hepatitis B a viral disease? 144 (36.9) 246 (63.1)
Can Hepatitis B affect liver function? 168 (43.1) 222 (56.9)
Can Hepatitis B cause liver Cancer? 105 (26.9) 285 (73.1)
Can Hepatitis B affect any age group? 103 (26.4) 287 (73.6)
The early symptoms of Hepatitis B are same like cold and flu (fever, running nose, cough) 98 (25.1) 292 (74.9)
Jaundice is one of the common symptoms of Hepatitis B? 148 (37.9) 242 (62.1)
Are nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite common symptom of Hepatitis B? 105 (26.9) 285 (73.1)
Are there no symptoms of the Hepatitis B in some of the patients? 95 (24.4) 295 (75.6)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted by un-sterilized syringes, needles and surgical instruments? 152 (39.0) 238 (61.0)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted by contaminated blood and blood products? 170 (43.6) 220 (56.4)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted by using blades of the barber/ear and nose piercing? 139 (35.6) 251 (64.4)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted by unsafe sex? 84 (21.5) 306 (78.5)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted from mother to child? 99 (25.4) 291 (74.7)
Can Hepatitis B be transmitted by contaminated water/food prepared by person suffering with these infections? 146 (37.4) 244 (62.5)
Is Hepatitis B curable/treatable? 186 (47.7) 204 (52.3)
Can Hepatitis B be self-cured by body? 128 (32.8) 262 (67.2)
Is vaccination available for Hepatitis B? 240 (61.5) 150 (38.5)
Is specific diet required for the treatment of Hepatitis B? 291 (74.6) 99 (35.3)

Note: Knowledge was assessed by giving 1 to correct answer and 0 to the wrong answer. The scale measured knowledge from maximum 20 to minimum 0. Scores < 11 were taken as poor, ≥ 11 as adequate knowledge of Hepatitis B. Mean knowledge was 8.74 ± 2.7.

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ul Haq et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:448   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-448

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