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Table 4 Knowledge of HBV among pregnant women attending ANC in the Buea Health District, Cameroon

From: Prevalence of HBsAg and knowledge about hepatitis B in pregnancy in the Buea Health District, Cameroon: a cross-sectional study

Knowledge question No (%) Yes (%) Don’t know (%)
Is hepatitis B a virus? 5 (2.9) 30(17.1) 140 (80)
Does hepatitis B affect the liver? 5 (2.8) 28 (15.9) 143 (81.3)
Can hepatitis B be transmitted through unsterilized needles, blades and other sharp material? 6 (3.8) 22 (12.5) 148 (84.1)
Can hepatitis B be transmitted by contaminated blood and blood products? 4 (2.3) 29 (16.5) 143 (81.3)
Is hepatitis B transmitted through unsafe sex? 7 (4.0) 24 (13.7) 144 (82.3)
Can hepatitis B be transmitted through kissing? 16(10.9) 19 (15.0) 140 (80)
Can an infected person remain without symptoms? 14 (8.0) 20 (11.4) 141 (80.6)
Can hepatitis B affect any person? 4 (2.3) 32 (18.2) 140 (79.5)
Will an infected person remain infected for life? 18(11.4) 10 (8.0) 146 (80.6)
Is a specific diet required for all infected persons? 12 (6.9) 10 (5.7) 153 (87.4)
Can hepatitis B infection cause liver cancer? 4 (2.3) 28 (15.9) 144 (81.8)
Can hepatitis B be prevented by vaccination? 6 (3.4) 27(15.34) 143 (81.3)
  1. Note. Knowledge of HBV was assessed by assigning a point for every correct answer only. Points ranged from 0 to 12 with a mean of 1.5 ± 3.14 (median = 0, IQR = 0 to 0). Scores ≤ 2 were considered inadequate while scores within 3 and 5 were considered intermediate. Scores ≥ 6 were considered adequate and acceptable.