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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-54

Hepatitis C infection awareness among fourth year medical students at University of Dammam


1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Department of Biostatistics, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Abdulelah H Almansour
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Dammam, P. O. Box 10761, Dammam 31443, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8229.197182

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Objectives: To determine awareness about hepatitis C among 4 th -year medical students at Dammam University, on hepatitis C and possible associated factors. Materials And Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire comprising questions on awareness of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission, screening of the population, symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment. Results: A total of 201 students participated, with a response rate of 79.8%. About 75% of students had a poor grasp of HCV transmission while the awareness of <25% of students was fair. More than half of students had fair knowledge about screening, prevention, and treatment of HCV. The majority of students were familiar with the clinical presentation and complications of HCV. The overall awareness of the 4 th -year medical students on HCV infection was fair, with no significant difference between males and females. Conclusions: Overall grasp of hepatitis C by the studied group was fair. However, there were serious gaps in their knowledge, which need to be filled or modified, especially knowledge about transmission which was poor.


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