DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2454-5929.ijohns20184235

Knowledge and awareness about herpes labialis among dental clinical students: a survey

Anshul Bansal, Divya Arora, Parul Bansal

Abstract


Background: Herpes virus (HSV) is a worldwide healthcare problem. Dental health care professionals are at a high risk of infection by HSV. The present study investigated the knowledge and awareness of HSV infection among dental Interns in dental colleges.

Methods: This was a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. A self-administered questionnaire consisting of questions on students’ knowledge and awareness regarding HSV was used. Data of 126 participants were analysed using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Studies) version 22.0.  

Results: Overall, the participants showed only a fair level of knowledge about HSV. As the respondents of the study were clinical dental students, it was expected to have a high level of awareness.

Conclusions: These unsatisfactory findings emphasize the necessity of continued education about HSV in order to improve knowledge and awareness of dental students regarding HSV.


Keywords


Awareness, Cold sore, Dental students, Herpes, HSV

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