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Table 2 Proportion of Correct Responses to Questions about Hepatitis C: Non-Injectors and Injectorsa

From: Drug treatment program patients' hepatitis C virus (HCV) education needs and their use of available HCV education services

  Non-Injectors
(N = 121)
Injectors
(N = 159)
All Patients
(N = 280)
1. You can get the hepatitis C virus by using a hepatitis C infected person's razor.* 73.6 84.3 79.6
2. If you have hepatitis C, drinking a few glasses of wine every day won't hurt your liver. 74.4 81.1 78.2
3. Hepatitis C can be spread when injection drug users share their rinse water.*** 61.2 85.5 75.0
4. If a person's liver function tests are normal, the person definitely doesn't have hepatitis C. 66.1 75.5 71.4
5. Hepatitis C infected clients should get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. 68.6 71.7 70.4
6. You'll probably get hepatitis C if you eat food from a plate that wasn't cleaned well.** 57.9 73.6 66.8
7. Most new hepatitis C infections are caused by injection drug use. 65.3 66.7 66.1
8. All hepatitis C infected people will get rid of the virus if they stay on hepatitis C medications for at least one year. 59.5 67.3 63.9
9. The only way a doctor can really know how much the hepatitis C virus has hurt a person's liver is by doing a liver biopsy. 62.8 63.5 63.2
10. Hepatitis C is mostly spread through risky sex.*** 48.8 74.2 63.2
11. When people share needles, it's easier to get HIV than hepatitis C.** 47.9 65.4 57.9
12. You should never take medications for hepatitis C if you have HIV. 49.6 57.2 53.9
13. Although the risk is low, it is possible to get hepatitis C by sharing pipes when smoking drugs. 54.5 52.8 53.6
14. Drug users must stop taking methadone before starting HCV medication.*** 40.5 62.9 53.2
15. There is a vaccine that protects against hepatitis C.*** 38.8 60.4 51.1
16. Medication to treat hepatitis C can work in active drug users. 45.5 39.0 41.8
17. If you take medications for hepatitis C, you need to take them for many years.** 28.9 44.0 37.5
18. Bleaching needles is a good way for injection drug users to avoid getting HCV.* 38.8 25.8 31.4
19. Most people who have hepatitis C will get serious liver disease. 16.5 19.5 18.2
20. Some people infected with HCV can get rid of it without needing to take any medications.* 7.4 17.6 13.2
  1. aCorrect answers: 1. True; 2. False; 3. True; 4. False; 5. True; 6. False; 7. True; 8. False; 9. True; 10. False; 11. False; 12. False; 13. True; 14. False; 15. False; 16. True; 17. False; 18. False; 19. False; 20. True
  2. * p < .05
  3. ** p < .01
  4. *** p < .001