Knowledge Level of Hepatitis B and its Prevalance in Policemen Working in Adiyaman
Servet Kölgelier 1, Nazlım Aktuğ Demir 2 * , Lütfi Saltuk Demir 3, Serap Özçimen 4, Ahmet Çağkan İnkaya 4
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1 Infectious Diseases Clinics, Adiyaman University, Adiyaman, Turkey2 Infectious Diseases Clinics, Konya University, Konya,Turkey3 Konya Health Public Directory, Konya,Turkey4 Infectious Diseases Clinics, Konya Numune State Hospital, Konya, Turkey* Corresponding Author

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Aim of this study to investigate the level of knowledge about hepatitis B and prevalence of HBsAg carriage in police and other security staff. Hepatitis B knowledge of police and other staff working for Adiyaman police department were measured using a questionnaire. This questionnaire was prepared after a literature search and was applied to 683 subjects before an education seminar. Fully and regularly filled 437 questionnaires were selected for evaluation. HBsAg and Anti HBs values of subjects were measured. Data were recorded to SPSS 16.0 package program. Chi square test was used for data analyses. Of all the study subjects 406 (92.9%) were males and 31 (7.1%) were females. Three hundred sixty subjects (82.3%) were police staff, 60 (13.7%) were public serveants, 15 (3.4%) were commissaries and 2 (0.05%) were nightmen. Mean age was 34.5 ± 7. Fifty four subjects gave correct answers to the question about transmission ways of hepatitis B. Three hundred eighty four subjects didn’t have enough knowledge about transmission ways of this virus. HBsAg positivity was detected in 34 (7.7%) subjects. Three hundred twenty five (51,4%) subjects had adequate antibody level for immunity. As a result, we detected that knowledge level was inadequate and increased risk for infection in this profession. It was concluded that security staff should be educated regarding risks and screened for bloodborne diseases.

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Article Type: Original Article

EUR J GEN MED, 2015, Volume 12, Issue 2, 114-117

https://doi.org/10.15197/sabad.1.12.24

Publication date: 15 Apr 2015

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