Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among Chinese American women in Seattle, Washington

Matthew J. Thompson, Victoria M. Taylor, J. Carey Jackson, Yutaka Yasui, Alan Kuniyuki, Shin-Ping Tu, T. Gregory Hislop

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Abstract

Background. Chinese Americans have higher rates of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, resulting in higher incidences of liver cancer, compared with the general population. Methods. The authors conducted a community-based survey of HBV knowledge and preventive practices among Chinese American women in Seattle, Washington, during 1999. Results. Less than half (46%) of the respondents knew that HBV could cause liver cancer. Only 35% reported that they had been serologically tested for HBV, and most of those who knew they were susceptible (61%) had not been vaccinated. Conclusions. The findings indicate low levels of HBV knowledge, screening, and vaccination among Chinese immigrants. Targeted interventions are needed to reduce the burden of HBV infection and liver cancer in this community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-226
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Thompson, M. J., Taylor, V. M., Jackson, J. C., Yasui, Y., Kuniyuki, A., Tu, S-P., & Hislop, T. G. (2002). Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among Chinese American women in Seattle, Washington. Journal of Cancer Education, 17(4), 222-226.