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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine


Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus of university students in Kogi State, Nigeria


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Author Details : Agbana Busayo Emmanuel*, Akogu Simon P.O, Alabi Oladele Joshua, Akwu B. Peter

Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Year : 2019

Article Page : 202-207


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Abstract

Introduction: About half a million people die globally from chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection.

Objectives: This study was conducted to determine the distribution and risk factors of the infection among university students in Kogi state.

Materials and Methods: Data on demographic and risk factors indicators were collected using questionnaires and blood samples tested for HBV.

Results: (47.4%) of the respondents were engaged in the sharing of sharp objects, only (5.7%) were engaged in IDU. One-tenth, (20.0%) of the respondents were engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse (Only 20.8% of age group less than or equal to 20 had good knowledge of prevention of HBV. Less than one- tenth, (3.1%) were positive to Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBSAg) of respondents within the age group 21-25 compared with about one-quarter, (15.2%) of those in the age group 26-30 that were positive to HBsAg.

Conclusion: This study highlights the need for improved awareness among University students in Kogi State.

Keywords: Kogi state university students, Hepatitis B virus, Seroprevalence. 

 

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijfcm.2019.044

How to cite : Emmanuel A B, P.o A S, Joshua A O, Peter A B, Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus of university students in Kogi State, Nigeria. Indian J Forensic Community Med 2019;6(4):202-207

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