Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among dentists in Edo and Delta States of Nigeria. Questionnaire regarding demography, knowledge, gloving practices, worry about contracting hepatitis-B infection, comfort level in case of infected colleague, willingness to treat infected patients, needlestick and sharp injuries and post-exposure prophylaxis was completed from each participant.
Results: Misconception about the mode of transmission of hepatitis-B virus existed among the respondents and 86.0% of them used gloves regularly. Three-quarters (74.6%) of the respondents have received hepatitis-B vaccine and 80.7% of the respondents expressed different level of worry about occupational hepatitis-B virus contagion. Majority expressed willingness to render emergency and routine dental care for hepatitis-B infected individuals but 50.9% would be comfortable if they have infected colleague. Prevalence of needlestick and sharp injuries was high among the respondents but post-exposure prophylaxis was low.
Conclusions: The data from this study revealed misconception about the mode of transmission of hepatitis-B virus, high occupational exposure and high level of worry about occupational hepatitis-B infection contagion among the respondents.
Keywords: Health services research, Infection and Serum-plasma
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