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The dangers of hepatitis C infection continue to be overshadowed by the threat of HIV

Even health workers are less aware of the risks of hepatitis than of HIV, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology will be told in New York, USA, next week.

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Researchers from Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA, surveyed more than 600 people of whom nearly half were employees of the hospital. Of the 290 hospital employees, 92 were doctors.

49% of all participants aware of the dangers of HCV
70% aware of HIV

Preliminary results of the study show that just 49% of all participants were aware of the dangers of HCV while 70% were aware of HIV.

When researchers discussed the issues with participants they found a high level of theoretical willingness to help prevent transmission of infection. Some 75% said they would declare their HCV status to a health worker - slightly more than the 68% who would declare HIV status, and more than 90% said they would ensure a partner knew if they were infected.

The researchers found that counselling by doctors helped to improve awareness of the disease.

A college spokesman said, "People do not appear to recognise the rapidly rising prevalence of hepatitis C as the sign of a major epidemic."

Report Copyright: Englemed Health News at http://www.internationalmedicalnews.com

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