Journal Article

Poor Validity of Self-Reported Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Vaccination Status among Young Drug Users

Irene Kuo, Daniel W. Mudrick, Steffanie A. Strathdee, David L. Thomas and Susan G. Sherman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 4, pages 587-590
Published in print February 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/381440
Poor Validity of Self-Reported Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Vaccination Status among Young Drug Users

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Self-reported hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection status and immunization status were compared with HBV serological markers among 324 young injection drug users (IDUs) and noninjection drug users (NIDUs). The overall validity of self-reported status was poor; 52% claiming to be vaccinated were actually susceptible to HBV. There was no difference in validity of self-reported HBV status between IDUs and NIDUs. Clinicians should adopt a “Don't Ask, Vaccinate” vaccination policy for young drug users.

Journal Article.  2523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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