Gender differences in seeking care for hepatitis C in Australia

M Temple-Smith, Mark Stoove, Anthony Smith, Mary O'Brien, D Mitchell, Cathy Banwell, Gabriele Bammer, Damien J Jolley, Sandy M Gifford

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    Abstract

    Hepatitis C is among Australia s most common notifiable infectious diseases and the majority of those affected develop chronic illness. Management of other chronic illnesses has been shown to be most effective when gender-specific health education and support is offered. This paper examines gender differences in the health-seeking behaviour of men and women with hepatitis C. Data are from two separate studies, recruited largely from non-clinical sources, of women (n = 362) and of men (n = 308) with hepatitis C, conducted in Victoria, Australia in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire that included questions on health and use of medical services. Women without symptoms (47 ) were more likely than men (18 ) to seek hepatitis C care (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59 - 70
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Substance Use
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Temple-Smith, M., Stoove, M., Smith, A., O'Brien, M., Mitchell, D., Banwell, C., Bammer, G., Jolley, D. J., & Gifford, S. M. (2007). Gender differences in seeking care for hepatitis C in Australia. Journal of Substance Use, 12(1), 59 - 70.