Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 302–305

Hepatitis B Awareness and Knowledge in Hepatitis B Surface Antigen-Positive Parturient Immigrant Women from West Africa in the Bronx, New York

  • Syed A. Shah
  • Kelsey Chen
  • Shashidhar Marneni
  • Ghizlane Benchekroune
  • Rafiu Ariganjoye
  • Murli Purswani
  • Ayoade O. Adeniyi
  • Ronald Bainbridge
  • Maria T. Timoney
  • Stefan Hagmann
Brief Communication

Abstract

An increasing proportion of foreign-born residents in the Bronx, New York are African immigrants from West Africa, a region with a very high hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) prevalence. Charts of 114 HBsAg positive parturients who gave birth between 2004 and 2008 in a community hospital in the Bronx were retrospectively reviewed. Most were of West-African origin (88 %). Acute hepatic inflammation was rare (4 %). Active viral replication (Hepatitis B e-antigen positivity) was noted in a minority (7 %), but in 3/5 (60 %) HIV co-infected women. Among the West-African immigrant women who agreed to be interviewed (n = 39), only half (54 %) had ever heard of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and their knowledge of HBV was mostly incomplete. This study shows that pregnancy-related health interventions may offer unique opportunities to link such women to specialist care and initiate culturally sensitive HBV-relevant education for the index case and her family.

Keywords

Hepatitis B Knowledge Parturient Immigrant West Africa 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed A. Shah
    • 1
  • Kelsey Chen
    • 1
    • 6
  • Shashidhar Marneni
    • 1
    • 7
  • Ghizlane Benchekroune
    • 1
    • 8
  • Rafiu Ariganjoye
    • 1
  • Murli Purswani
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Ayoade O. Adeniyi
    • 1
    • 5
  • Ronald Bainbridge
    • 1
    • 3
    • 9
  • Maria T. Timoney
    • 4
  • Stefan Hagmann
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsBronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Infectious DiseasesBronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  3. 3.Division of NeonatologyBronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyBronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsAlbert Einstein Collee of MedicineBronxUSA
  6. 6.Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  7. 7.Department of Emergency MedicineKings County Hospital CenterBrooklynUSA
  8. 8.Lone Star Circle of CareAustinUSA
  9. 9.Division of NeonatologyQueens Hospital CenterQueensUSA

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