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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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Article Type : Research Article

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

Volume : 6

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 202

Article End Page : 207


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 No:-10.18231/j.ijfcm.2019.044