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Table 2 Proportions and frequencies of pre-test survey answers

From: Community-based HCV screening: knowledge and attitudes in a high risk urban population

Questions (n = 140) Yes No Unsure
Have you heard of HCV? 95% 4% 0.7%
Do you know anyone who has HCV? 56% 39% 4%
Have you been told you have HCV? 18% 80% 2%
How likely do you think you are to get HCV?* (n = 115)    
  Not at all 36%   
  Somewhat 29%   
  Very 10%   
  Not sure 26%   
How do you think people get HCV infection?**    
  Having sex? 56% 22% 22%
  Shooting up (injecting) drugs? 90% 1% 9%
  Using public toilets? 17% 60% 23%
  Sharing supplies for snorting drugs? 54% 26% 20%
  Coughing/sneezing on someone? 28% 51% 21%
  Getting a homemade tattoo? 90% 2% 9%
Which of the following problems can HCV cause to your body?*    
  Stroke? 11% 31% 57%
  Cirrhosis/Liver failure? 81% 3% 16%
  Blindness? 38% 15% 47%
  Liver cancer? 62% 9% 27%
  Heart attack? 18% 33% 49%
  Death? 79% 3% 18%
What makes HCV worse for the people that have it?**    
  Drinking coffee? 4% 56% 41%
  Drinking alcohol? 82% 6% 11%
  HIV infection? 82% 3% 15%
  Being obese? 34% 26% 41%
Does everyone who has HCV need treatment?** 76% 10% 14%
How many people who get treated for HCV, get cured?**    
  All 3%   
  Some 33%   
  None 29%   
  Not sure 36%   
Do you think that the side effects of HCV treatment are very bad?    
  Yes 21%   
  Somewhat 17%   
  No 14%   
  Not Sure 49%   
Would you get a free blood test for HCV? 97% 2% 1%
Would you want to get treated for HCV if you tested positive? 98% 1% 1%
Would you want to be tested for HCV, if when you tested positive you could get free treatment? 99% 0% 1%
Would you still want to be tested, if you were told you could not be offered treatment? 90% 10% 0%
Would you still want to be tested if you were told you could not be offered treatment, but you could get free vaccines against HAV/HBV? 95% 5% 0%
Would you still want to be tested if you were told you could not be offered treatment, but you could get lifestyle advice on how to stay healthy with HCV? 96% 4% 1%
Do you want free HCV testing in your community? 99% 0% 1%
Do you think other people would want free HCV testing? 86% 1% 13%
If people in the community tested positive for HCV, do you think they would do the following things if they were told it would help them?    
  Drink less alcohol? 39% 24% 37%
  Get a shot against HAV/HBV? 83% 2% 15%
  Go to the doctor for treatment? 76% 1% 22%
Do you think it will be a problem if we tested for HCV in your community but might not be able to offer treatment to everyone who’s positive? 49% 39% 12%
  1. *Among persons not reporting HCV infection.
  2. **Questions that were used in composite knowledge score.