Journal article

Risk factors for hepatitis C transmission in the Victorian population: a telephone survey

R Watson, N Crofts, C Mitchell, C Aitken, J Hocking, S Thompson

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 1999

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To measure knowledge and prevalences of risk factors for hepatitis C infection in the Victorian community. METHOD: Telephone survey of 757 Victorian householders aged 15+ years, March 1996. RESULTS: An estimated 2.2% of Victorians have injected illicit drugs; 4.8% have tattoos and 49.6% have skin piercings; 11.4% received a blood transfusion before screening for HCV was introduced; 10.9% have had a test for HCV antibody. A majority of respondents perceived sexual contact and receipt of a transfusion to be risks for HCV transmission. CONCLUSIONS: Risk factors associated with the spread of HCV are widespread in the Victorian community; however, the most important risk factor--inject..

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