Hepatitis B Basics. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. Hepatitis B is…. Inflammation of the liver caused by infection by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). A Healthy Liver. Major role in metabolism and detoxification Fights against infections and controls bleeding. CHRONIC Hepatitis B is….
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Inflammation of the liver caused by infection by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
A life-long disease.
Once infected there is NO cure.
It can cause:
Liver cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
And ultimately, premature death
Chronic HBV infection:
A Silent Killer in API Community
1/3 of the world’s population has been infected at one point in time. That’s 2 billionpeople!
350- 400 million people worldwide are chronically infected. That is 1 in 20 people!
Compare this to the 35 million with HIV/AIDS.
Without appropriate monitoring or treatment,
1 in 4with chronic hepatitis B will die of liver cancer.
This leads to 1-2deaths every minute…
Hepatitis B is spread through…
HBV is the greatest health disparity between API and general population.
1 in 10APIs is chronically infected with HBV,
compared to 1 in 1,000 for Caucasian Americans.
1-1.5 million affected in the United States
1 in 12 Korean-Americans
1 in 10 Chinese-Americans
1 in 8 Vietnamese-Americans
Remember, chronic hepatitis B usually DOES NOT have any symptoms until it is too late.
Get tested today!
Total: 6-month, 3 shot series
All newborns in the U.S. should receive the hepatitis B vaccination and HBIG at birth!
Get screened regularly for liver cancer and liver damage
* Note: HBsAg and HBsAb tests can be done at the same time
Every 6 mo.
Every 6 mo.
3 shots in 6 mo.