Abstract

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a Gram-negative bacterium that infects and resides in the gastric mucosa of humans. Without treatment, H. pylori infection may cause chronic inflammation of the gastric mucosa. This inflammation creates progressive damage to the lining of the stomach and can lead to multiple diseases located in the upper gastrointestinal region. Worldwide prevalence of H. pylori infection is estimated to be close to 50%. H. pylori has been identified as the primary cause of peptic ulcer disease, gastric cancer, and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma.

The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence and risk factors associated with H. pylori infection among students, faculty, and staff at the University of Central Florida. A cross-sectional design with a convenience sample was implemented to acquire a study population of 60 participants. The sample was analyzed through the use of a twenty question survey and a rapid blood antibody test kit. The infection rate of the sample was 1.75%. Statistically significant results were found for the relationship between age and upper gastrointestinal symptoms. Trends were also noticed between alcohol consumption, stress levels, and upper gastrointestinal symptoms.

Thesis Completion

2018

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Saleh, Suha

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Health and Public Affairs

Department

Health Sciences

Degree Program

Health Sciences

Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2018

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