Table 3

Responses to attitude toward Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B attitude items N %
Have you ever thought you could get Hepatitis B?
Yes* 138 35.4
No 252 64.6
What was your reaction when you found that you have Hepatitis B?
Fear* 138 35.4
Shame 104 26.7
Surprise 36 9.2
Sadness 112 28.7
Who did you talk to about your illness?
Physician 67 17.1
Spouse 160 41.0
Parents 55 14.1
Child 24 6.2
Other relatives 10 2.6
Friends 70 17.9
No one¥ 04 1.0
What did you do when you knew that you have symptoms of Hepatitis B?
Went to health facility* 142 36.4
Went to a Hakeem 80 20.5
Went to a Homeopath 50 12.9
Went to a traditional healer 118 30.3
When you had symptoms of Hepatitis B, at what stage you came to the health facility?
Own treatment fails 184 47.2
After 3–4 weeks of the appearance of symptoms 95 24.2
Soon as I realize the symptoms are of Hepatitis B* 104 26.78
Will not go to physician 07 1.8
How expensive do you think is the diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis B?
Free 1 0.3
Reasonable 33 8.5
Somewhat expensive 137 35.1
Expensive 182 46.7
Don’t know¥ 37 9.5
What worries you most after you diagnosed with Hepatitis B
Fear of death 94 24.1
Fear of disease spread to family 53 13.6
Cost of treatment 71 18.2
Isolation from the society¥ 172 44.1

*Positive attitude, ¥Negative attitude.

Note: Attitude was assessed by giving 1 to positive and 0 to negative attitude. The scale classified attitude as positive with score >4 and negative ≤4. Over all the respondents had a negative attitude towards Hepatitis B with mean score of 3.87 ± 1.2.

ul Haq et al.

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

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