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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-16

Debunking the myth: low knowledge levels of HBV infection among Asian American college students

1 College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, MA, USA
2 College of Education, the Asian American Studies Program, Boston, MA, USA
3 Department of Political Science, the Institute for Asian American Studies, Boston, MA, USA
4 Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA, USA
5 Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Haeok Lee
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, MA
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Source of Support: This work was supported by the Healey Grant from the University of Massachusetts Boston., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.152399

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Objective: To examine the hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related knowledge among Asian American college students and to determine whether there are significant differences in the level of HBV knowledge among Asian American subgroups. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was self-administered to assess a sample of 258 Asian American students' knowledge about HBV at the campus of the research site. Results: Knowledge regarding transmission and consequences of HBV infection was poor. Of a possible knowledge score of 14, the median number of correct answers was eight. There were no significant differences between the subgroups of Asian American college students in total knowledge of HBV infection. Conclusion: The findings of this study point to the fact that the lack of knowledge and awareness is not limited to community settings only but also includes higher education environment. This finding brings to the forefront the importance of HBV education for Asian American college students.

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