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Knowledge and behaviors toward hepatitis B and the hepatitis B vaccine in the Laotian community in Minnesota.

Authors
  • Xiong, Ma
  • Nguyen, Ruby H N
  • Strayer, Lori
  • Chanthanouvong, Sunny
  • Yuan, Jian-Min
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2013
Volume
15
Issue
4
Pages
771–778
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9768-2
PMID: 23307096
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Minnesota is home to a large population of immigrants from Laos as well as one of the largest disparities in hepatitis B (HBV) infection; in Minnesota, Asians are 80 times more likely to be infected than Whites. In response to community concern, a community-based participatory research project was conducted involving a cross-sectional study of 167 adult Laotian immigrants in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area assessing knowledge and behaviors related to HBV and its vaccine. Fifty-eight percent of the participants reported not knowing about HBV and just under half incorrectly reported on person-to-person transmission. As expected, vaccination and screening for HBV was more common among those who knew of HBV (p = 0.02 for both). Fourteen (8.4 %) of the participants had been vaccinated, however, only 2 (14.8 %) of those individuals received all three doses. This study outlines gaps in knowledge and resources that could address the staggering HBV disparity in this community.

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