Poor Validity of Self-Reported Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Vaccination Status among Young Drug Users

Irene Kuo, Daniel W. Mudrick, Steffanie A. Strathdee, David L. Thomas, Susan G. Sherman

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Abstract

Self-reported hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection status and immunization status were compared with HBV serological markers among 324 young injection drug users (IDUs) and noninjection drug users (NIDUs). The overall validity of self-reported status was poor; 52% claiming to be vaccinated were actually susceptible to HBV. There was no difference in validity of self-reported HBV status between IDUs and NIDUs. Clinicians should adopt a "Don't Ask, Vaccinate" vaccination policy for young drug users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-590
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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