Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among chinese immigrants to the United States

Vicky M. Taylor, Shin-Ping Tu, Erica Woodall, Elizabeth Acorda, Hueifang Chen, John Choe, Lin Li, Yutaka Yasui, T. Gregory Hislop

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Introduction: Chinese immigrants to the United States experience high rates of liver cancer. Chronic carriage of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the most common underlying cause of liver cancer among Chinese Americans. Our objective was to describe Chinese immigrants' hepatitis B knowledge, testing, and vaccination levels. Methods: A communitybased, in-person survey of Chinese men and women was conducted in Seattle during 2005. Our study sample included 395 individuals. Results: Less than one-half (48%) of our study group indicated they had received a hepatitis B blood test, and about one-third (31%) indicated they had been vaccinated against hepatitis B. The proportions of respondents who knew HBV can be spread during childbirth, during sexual intercourse, and by sharing razors were 70%, 54%, and 55%, respectively. Less than one-quarter of the study group knew that HBV cannot be spread by eating food that was prepared by an infected person (23%) and by sharing eating utensils with an infected person (16%). Discussion: Over 50% of our respondents did not recall being tested for HBV. Important knowledge deficits about routes of hepatitis B transmission were identified. Continued efforts should be made to develop and implement hepatitis B educational campaigns for Chinese immigrant communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Hepatitis B
  • Immigrants
  • Liver cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cancer Research

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    Taylor, V. M., Tu, S-P., Woodall, E., Acorda, E., Chen, H., Choe, J., Li, L., Yasui, Y., & Gregory Hislop, T. (2006). Hepatitis B knowledge and practices among chinese immigrants to the United States. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 7(2), 313-317.