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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics and proportion of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) among Different categories of study subjects at Shashemene General Hospital, 2008.

From: Prevalence of Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) among visitors of Shashemene General Hospital voluntary counseling and testing center

Characteristics Total (%) Number (%) positive HBsAg chi-square value P value
Residence     
Rural 178(46.4) 8(4.5)   
Urban 206(53.6) 14(6.8) 0.937 0.333
Age     
<20 79(20.5) 3(3.8)   
20-29 92(24.0) 5(5.4)   
30-39 112(29.2) 8(7.1) 2.923 0.570
40-49 57(14.8) 5(8.8)   
≥50 44(11.5) 1(2.3)   
Sex     
Male 200(52.1) 15(7.7)   
Female 184(47.9) 7(3.8) 2.423 0.120
Marital Status     
Married 216(56.3) 14(6.5)   
Single 119(31.0) 7(5.9)   
Divorced 12(3.1) 0 1.588 0.662
Widowed 37 (9.6) 1(2.7)   
Religion     
Christian 195(50.8) 11(5.6) 0.006 0.940
Muslim 189(49.2) 11(5.8)   
Ethnicity     
Oromo 183(47.7) 14(7.7) 2.639 0.451
Amhara 105(27.3) 5(4.8)   
Gurage 31(8.1) 1(3.2)   
Wolayta 65(16.9) 2(3.1)   
Occupation     
Merchant 96(25.0) 8(8.3) 3.381 0.760
House wife 92(24.0) 5(5.4)   
Student 44(11.5) 1(2.3)   
Farmer 63(16.4) 3(4.8)   
Driver 7(1.8) 1(14.3)   
Gov't Employee 18(4.7) 1(5.6)   
No work 64(16.7) 3(4.7)   
Educational Status     
Illiterate 142(37.0) 11(7.7) 5.238 0.155
Primary school 125(32.6) 5(4.0)   
Secondary school l96 (25.0) 5(5.2)   
Diploma & above 21(5.5) 1(4.5)