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Hepatitis B Prevalance in Young Adult Men Commando Candidates Applying for a Public Hospital

Duran Tok, Gürkan Mert, Mustafa Gülgün, Salim Özenç, Ertan Altaylı, Hanifi Cem Gül.

Abstract
Our country is in the median endemicity belt in terms of hepatitis B virus infection. This study was performed in the commando candidates who came from all over Turkey to a military division/brigade, between January 2007 and December 2009, 20.681 commando candidates were checked for HBsAg positivity and these data were investigated retrospectively. In our study, hepatitis B virus carriage among young men as the Turkey's average was 3.3%. This data was lower than those reported previously. We attribute this positive trend to the dissemination of immunization programs, the increase of births in the hospitals rather than home delivery, and the widespread use of HBsAg screening tests before marriage

Key words: HBsAg, young males, prevalance



Article Language: Turkish English



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