Hepatitis B knowledge, testing, and vaccination among Chinese and Vietnamese adults in Australia

Vu, Lan H., Gu, Zhihong, Walton, Jodie, Peet, Anthony, Dean, Judith, Dunne, Michael P., & Debattista, Joseph (2012) Hepatitis B knowledge, testing, and vaccination among Chinese and Vietnamese adults in Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24(2), pp. 374-384.

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Hepatitis B is a significant public health challenge within some subpopulations in Australia, including Chinese and Vietnamese migrants. There has been limited research on hepatitis B knowledge and actions in these communities. The authors conducted a self-administered survey among 442 Chinese and 433 Vietnamese in Brisbane. Generally, the knowledge is best described as “moderate.” One in 2 could not identify the sexual transmission risk and less than one third knew that sharing foods or drinks did not spread the disease. The majority of Vietnamese (80%) and 60% of Chinese respondents indicated prior testing. Vaccination was reported in 60% of the Vietnamese and in 52% of the Chinese. Knowledge was better among Chinese people who had been tested and vaccinated compared with those who were nontested and nonvaccinated. Only 3.5% of the Chinese, but 11.6% of the Vietnamese, indicated having a positive test result hepatitis B virus. This study helps identify strategies for programs targeting both communities and practitioners.

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ID Code: 59037
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HIV, Male freelance laborers, sexual risk behaviours
DOI: 10.1177/1010539510390205
ISSN: 1010-5395
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2013 02:58
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 03:23

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