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Behavior Modification Following a Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Infection

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Objectives: To determine the extent of postdiagnosis counseling and to characterize behavior before and after diagnosis of hepatitis C infection. Methods: We interviewed 133 persons diagnosed with hepatitis C in Wyoming from 1999 to 2001. Results: Approximately two thirds of cases received counseling at the time of diagnosis. Older and symptomatic patients were more likely to receive counseling. Counseling was significantly associated with increases in condom use, wound covering, and hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination, but not with changes in addictive behaviors. Conclusions: Counseling was an effective strategy for promoting several desirable behavior changes among persons with hepatitis C infection.
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Keywords: STDs; behavior change; counseling; health behaviors; hepatitis C

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Wyoming Department of Health, Cheyenne, WY. 2: Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences 3: Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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