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Table 1 Responses of the study participants to basic hepatitis B knowledge items[n = (%), n = 727]

From: A survey of knowledge about hepatitis B among new military recruits in China

No. Statement Yes No Unknown
1 Shaking hands with hepatitis B carriers or talking with them will cause you to become infected with hepatitis B. 87(12.0) 438(60.2) 202(27.8)
2 Do you know any asymptomatic carriers of hepatitis B virus? 100(13.7) 0 627(86.3)
3 Hepatitis B virus carriers may transmit hepatitis B virus to newborns during the delivery process. 315(43.3) 49(6.8%) 363(49.9)
4 Hepatitis B can be transmitted during sexual activity. 262(36.0) 149(20.5) 316(43.5)
5 Close contact with family members can spread hepatitis B virus. 342(47.0) 105(14.5) 280(38.5)
6 Vaccination with hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B virus infection. 514(70.7) 25(3.4) 188(25.9)
7 Fever, nausea, vomiting and yellow eyes are common symptoms of hepatitis B. 320(44.0) 350(48.1) 57(7.9)
8 Chronic hepatitis B can develop into liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. 309(42.5) 30(4.1) 388(53.4)
9 Unsanitary dietary habits are not the main transmission route of hepatitis B. 161(22.2) 400(55.0) 166(22.8)
10 Hepatitis B is transmitted by mosquito bites. 180(24.8) 198(27.2) 349(48.0)
11 Many people using the same syringe can spread hepatitis B. 405(55.7) 284(39.1) 38(5.2)
12 The hepatitis B vaccine is the most effective measure to prevent hepatitis B. 571(78.5) 44(6.1) 112(15.4)
13 Vaccination of newborns and 6-month-old infants is included in the hepatitis B vaccine immunization programme in our country. 128(17.6) 91(12.5) 508(69.9)
14 Hepatitis B virus carriers can get married. 332(45.7) 62(8.5) 333(45.8)
15 Hepatitis B virus carriers can give birth to a child. 262(36.0) 92(12.7) 373(51.3)