Structured interviews measuring tuberculosis knowledge were administered to 494 New York City injection drug users, 31% of whom reported a history of having a reactive 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 afherence.
Misunderstandings, based on a recent lack of tuberculosis education, may contribute to the fear and confusion that interfere with efforts to control tuberculosis.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tuberculose, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Connaissance, Toxicomanie, Voie intraveineuse, Homme, New York, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Appareil respiratoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tuberculosis, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Knowledge, Drug addiction, Intravenous administration, Human, New York, United States, North America, America, Respiratory disease
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Cote : 95-0436280
Code Inist : 002B05B02E. Création : 01/03/1996.