Author(s): Ayatollahi J, Ayatollahi A, Ayatollahi R, Mellat Ardekani A, Shahcheraghi SH
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a diverse group of infections caused by widely differing microorganisms (viruses, protozoa, bacteria, yeasts, ectoparasites and even a nematode), with transmission from person to person by sexual contact as its common characteristic. In all societies, sexually transmitted infections rank among the most common infectious diseases. These patients are at risk for hepatitis B virus infection, but have been relatively neglected in terms of hepatitis B virus vaccination. OBJECTIVES: In this study, compliance with hepatitis B vaccination among adult males with sexually diseases was examined. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this survey, 114 males, referred to an infectious diseases clinic, were asked to complete a questionnaire evaluating their knowledge of hepatitis B vaccine, and were interviewed to assess their reasons for refusal or acceptance. Finally, SPSS (version 16) was used to perform the statistical analyses. Variables were analyzed with Chi-square tests. RESULTS: The results of this study indicated that the overall hepatitis B vaccine acceptance rate was acceptably high. Among all, 53.5\% correctly identified that a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B virus infection had been available, 15\% had a negative opinion, and 31.5\% were neutral. The rations of all three doses of vaccination were 69.3\%. CONCLUSIONS: Among the respondents, 87\% were currently married, 86.8\% were currently employed, 17.5\% have addiction, 34.2 \% used condom, and 36.8\% correctly identified hepatitis B as a sexually transmitted infection.
This article was published in Jundishapur J Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Infectious Diseases and Diagnosis