Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users

H. Wolfe, M. Marmor, R. Maslansky, S. Nichols, M. Simberkoff, D. D. Jarlais, A. Moss

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Structured interviews measuring tuberculosis knowledge were administered to 494 New York City injection drug users, 31% of whom reported a history of having a reactire tuberculin skin test. Medical records review of a subsample confirmed the validity of self-reported data. Most respondents understood the mechanisms of tuberculosis transmission. Three fourths of the subjects did not fully understand the distinction between a reactive skin test and active tuberculosis, but those who reported a history of skin test reactivity were twice as likely to understand this distinction. Forty percent of subjects did not understand the importance of medication adherence. Misunderstanding, based on a recent lack of tuberculosis education, may contribute to the fear and confusion that interfere with efforts to control tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-988
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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