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Table 2 Opinions and preferences for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to HIV and diabetes (N = 200)

From: Patient acceptance of universal screening for hepatitis C virus infection

  HCV HIV Diabetes
  No (%) No (%) No (%)
Have you been tested for ___?    
   Yes 102 (51.0) 135 (68.2) 125 (63.5)
   No/Don't Know 98 (49.0) 63 (31.8) 72 (36.5)
Tested positive for ___    
   Yes 19 (18.8) 5 (3.7) 32 (25.6)
   No/Don't Know 82 (81.2) 130 (96.3) 93 (74.4)
Would you want to know if you had ___?    
   Yes 172 (86.9) 186 (94.9) 186 (95.4)
   No/Don't Know 26 (13.1) 10 (5.1) 9 (4.6)
Should the hospital test ALL its patients for ___?    
   Yes 149 (76.0) 142 (73.2) 131 (68.3)
   No 16 (8.2) 23 (11.9) 37 (19.3)
   Don't Know 31 (15.8) 29 (14.9) 24 (12.5)
One way to test everyone is to test all blood for ___ automatically. Would you be OK being tested this way?    
   Yes 168 (86.2) 159 (80.7) 145 (75.9)
   No 17 (8.7) 23 (11.7) 30 (15.7)
   Don't Know 10 (5.1) 15 (7.6) 16 (8.4)
Preferred screening approach and potential concerns    
Which way is best to test for ___?    
   Test all blood for ___. You might not know the test is being done. People who test negative would not be told the result. 91 (48.4) 91 (50.3) n/a
   Test all blood for ___. You would have a chance to ask NOT to be tested. People who test negative would not be told the result. 69 (36.7) 64 (35.4) n/a
   Let each doctor decide who to test. 28 (14.9) 26 (14.4) n/a
Would it be OK to test you for ___ automatically without talking to you about the test first?    
   Yes 67 (34.7) 69 (35.4) n/a
   No 120 (62.2) 112 (57.4) n/a
   Don't Know 6 (3.1) 14 (7.2) n/a
If we found that you did NOT have ___, would it be okay if you did NOT get the results?    
   Yes 43 (21.7) n/a 77 (40.5)
   No 148 (74.8) n/a 108 (56.8)
   Don't Know 7 (3.5) n/a 5 (2.6)
Do you think it's better to be tested for ___ without knowing about it or not to be tested at all?    
   Be tested without knowing 134 (75.3) n/a n/a
   Not be tested at all 44 (24.7) n/a n/a
If we found out you DID have ___, would it be okay if someone from the health department told you the result? This would keep the result out of your medical record.    
   Yes 143 (73.3) n/a n/a
   No 28 (14.4) n/a n/a
   Don't Know 24 (12.3)   
  1. n/a = question was not asked for condition