To determine the knowledge and practices of barbers from Bahra Kahu, Islamabad,
regarding risk of transmission of HBV and HCV.
Subjects and Methods
Forty-one barbers were selected by consecutive sampling from the Bara Kaho locality
from August 2008 to November 2008 for this cross- section study. The participants were
interviewed regarding their knowledge about hepatitis, its mode of transmission, risk of
transmission with razors re-use, change of blade, and the media they use for information
The age range of participants was 14 to 60 years (mean 27.06±9.37). Majority of the
them were uneducated (61%) while some had maximum education level of eighth grade.
46.3 % had a job experience of 6-10 years and 14.6 % had more than 10 years of working
experience. Only 38 % had knowledge of hepatitis B and C and 20.5% had knowledge of
different types of hepatitis. Almost all the barbers (97.4%) had practice of using new
blade for every customer. Trend of vaccination against hepatitis B was very low (10.3%).
The attitudes and practices of barbers regarding the use of new blades and the disposal of
sharps were very good. However, they had very little knowledge of the routes of spread
of hepatitis B and C. (Rawal Med J 2010;35: ).
Barbering; hepatitis; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; knowledge