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American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2016, 4(5), 84-90
DOI: 10.12691/ajeid-4-5-1
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HIV, HBV and HCV Knowledge and Practice among Barbers and Women Hairdressers (coiffeurs): A Cross Sectional Study in Khartoum State 2015

Amr Alemairy1, , Hayder Abu Ahmed2, Zeinab Swareldahab2, Fadwa Saad2, Ahmed Alaimeri3, Abeer Alemairy4 and Mohamed Elhassan1

1Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

2Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

3Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Gezira, Sudan

4Faculty of Medicine, University of Kassala, Kassala, Sudan

Pub. Date: October 17, 2016

Cite this paper:
Amr Alemairy, Hayder Abu Ahmed, Zeinab Swareldahab, Fadwa Saad, Ahmed Alaimeri, Abeer Alemairy and Mohamed Elhassan. HIV, HBV and HCV Knowledge and Practice among Barbers and Women Hairdressers (coiffeurs): A Cross Sectional Study in Khartoum State 2015. American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2016; 4(5):84-90. doi: 10.12691/ajeid-4-5-1

Abstract

Background: Human immunodeficiency virus HIV, Hepatitis B virus HBV and Hepatitis C HCV are blood borne viruses that infect millions of people worldwide. Barbers and women hairdressers (coiffeurs) may accidently cut their customer exposing themselves and their customers to be infected with the viruses. Objectives: To assess the knowledge and practice of barbers and (coiffeurs) regarding HIV, HBV and HCV infections in Khartoum state. Method: A cross sectional community based involving 384 barbers and coiffeurs study using proportionate stratified purposive sampling technique was conducted in Khartoum state, Sudan. A questionnaire through interview was used to collect data. Results: About half of the participants did not possess the basic knowledge about HBV and only (19%) had it in case of HCV, whereas most of them (83%) possess the basic knowledge about HIV. Only (10%) regularly sterilize/disinfect the instruments between customers and (4.2%) reuse razors on other customer. Significantly, men are better in knowledge but women are better in practice, also Ethiopians were the worst in knowledge and practice. Conclusion: knowledge of barbers and coiffeurs was generally poor and their practice may lead to spread of the blood borne disease. Authorities, media and customers should pay more attention to the problem.

Keywords:
barbers coiffeurs human immunodeficiency virus hepatitis B virus hepatitis c virus Khartoum

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