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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: Integrating Hepatitis B Prevention into
Lisa K. Gilbert, PhD; Jane Bulger, MS; Kelli Scanlon; Kathy
July 28, 2005
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.

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