India, March 22 -- Misconceptions and insufficient education on Hepatitis B are widespread; they necessitate targeted information campaigns, finds Sir Ganga Ram Hospital study

Public knowledge and awareness about Hepatitis B, a deadly disease that can cause end-stage liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, is dismal in India, according to a new study conducted by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.

Just 25 per cent of respondents had adequate knowledge about the disease, including its transmission methods, effects on the liver and the critical importance of vaccination.

"This lack of awareness suggests that misconceptions and insufficient education on Hepatitis B are widespread, necessitating targeted information campaigns to bridge these kno...