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October 4, 2000

Racial Differences in Knowledge Regarding Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(13):1651-1652. doi:10.1001/jama.284.13.1647

To the Editor: Hepatitis C virus infection is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States, with an estimated 2.7 million persons infected.1 Most infected persons may not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill. However, infected persons serve as a source of transmission to others and are at risk of developing chronic liver disease during the first 2 or more decades after infection.2 To help develop and target prevention messages, we included questions about hepatitis C on a national health survey. Our objective was to determine knowledge regarding hepatitis C virus infection, especially among minorities disproportionately affected.