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

Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Proeschold-Bell, RJ; Blouin, R; Reif, S; Amana, A; Rowland, BJ; Lombard, F; Stringfield, B; Muir, AJ

Published Date

  • July 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 635 - 641

PubMed ID

  • 20531062

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-8243

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181e1dde1

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States