This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection among Vietnamese American patients in Orange County, California. Although sparse studies have been done on this topic, the prevalence of infection in this population is not well known due to poor surveillance and public health efforts to identify this specific vulnerable population.
Patient data of a community clinic serving the second largest national population of Vietnamese Americans was collected (2006-2012) and analyzed for prevalence of HBV infection across multiple patient demographic categories. This data indicated that the HBV infection prevalence among Vietnamese American patients at this clinic was lower than recent published data of 7-14% but was still alarmingly high (3.4% as of 2012), over 10 times that of the general U.S. population at 0.3–0.5%. In addition, data indicated that female patients had higher prevalence of HBV infection than men (62% vs. 38% in 2011), patients aged 50-70 recorded the highest prevalence rates (19.8-42.4%) and the majority of these patients were married (58.2%). The results of this study have demonstrated that current public health measures have been unsuccessful in addressing the problem of HBV infection in Vietnamese Americans in Orange County, California.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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