Sexually Transmitted Diseases Vol. 32; No. 6: P. 346-350
The authors set out to measure the progress since 1997 of
implementing STD clinic-based recommendations for hepatitis B
prevention. Repeating a 1997 survey, investigators in 2001
sent a survey to state, municipal, and territorial STD program
managers, previously surveyed clinic managers, and a national
sample of 500 STD clinics.
The researchers found large increases in the percentage of
clinics offering hepatitis B vaccine (from 61 percent to 82
percent), providing education (from 49 percent to 84 percent),
and accessing federal vaccine programs (from 48 percent to 84
percent). Twice as many program managers considered all
patients with STDs eligible for hepatitis B vaccination. The
researchers identified as program barriers a lack of resources
and patient noncompliance with vaccine series completion.
"Hepatitis B policies and vaccination and education efforts in
STD clinics have improved; however, many barriers reported in
1997 remained in 2001," the authors concluded.