A Study to Understand Attitudes Towards Hepatitis Viral Load Testing that Could Impact Testing Rates


About this study

The purpose of this study is to understand if there are race-specific or other demographic-specific attitudes about voluntary testing for hepatitis B and C virus infection and return of individual research results that could have implication for an individual's risk of developing hepatitis-related liver cancer. Understanding these attitudes is a necessary first step to developing effective intervention strategies for liver cancer prevention.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

Individuals will be included from the study if they:

  1. Self-identify their race as African American (Black born in the United States) or European American (non-Hispanic White)
  2. Are between the ages 18 and 75 years
  3. Have never being diagnosed with any type of cancer, except non-malignant skin cancer
  4. Able to read and comprehend at a sixth-grade level
  5. Speak English as their first language
  6. Are compos-mentis—of sound mind, memory, and understanding as evaluated by recruitment staff

Exclusion Criteria:

A prospective participant will be excluded from the study of if he or she:

  1. Is currently institutionalized (e.g. nursing home or prison) 
  2. Has been tested or treated for hepatitis B or C infection within the last 5 years 
  3. Is in a physically debilitating state that would preclude active participation in a focus group discussion (e.g., unable to seat for 90-120 minutes, in constant pain, or experiences frequent anxiety or panic attacks in group settings).


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Samuel Antwi, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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