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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

PACHER, Bianca Messenberg et al. Hepatitis B and C in a Brazilian deaf community. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2015, vol.48, n.5, pp.603-606. ISSN 1678-9849.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0058-2015.

INTRODUCTION:

Although deaf people are exposed to hepatitis B and C risk factors, epidemiological studies regarding these diseases in deaf people are lacking.

METHODS:

After watching an explanatory digital versatile disc (DVD) in Brazilian Sign Language, 88 deaf people were interviewed and tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs), hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc), and hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV).

RESULTS:

The prevalence of hepatitis B markers was 8%; they were associated with incarceration and being born outside the State of São Paulo. No cases of hepatitis C were identified.

CONCLUSIONS:

Participants showed a substantial lack of knowledge regarding viral hepatitis, indicating a need for public policies that consider linguistic and cultural profiles.

Keywords : Epidemiology; Hepatitis B and C; Deafness.

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