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Integrating Hepatitis B Prevention Into Sexually Transmitted Disease Services: U.S. Sexually Transmitted Disease Program and Clinic Trends -- 1997 and 2001

July 28, 2005

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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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
06.2005; Vol. 32; No. 6: P. 346-350; Lisa K. Gilbert, Ph.D.; Jane Bulger, M.S.; Kelli Scanlon; Kathy Ford, M.S.W.; David Bergmire-Sweat, M.P.H.; Cindy Weinbaum, M.D.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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