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Asians and Hepatitis B

Asians and Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a common vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus that can spread through contact with blood, semen, and other bodily fluids from someone who is infected. For many it is a short-term illness, however, it can also become a long-term illness which can lead to more serious and harmful health issues such as cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up the highest amount of Hepatitis B cases. Out of 862,000 Americans living with Hepatitis B, over 50% are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Many of these cases occur in foreign-born individuals originating from Asia. Despite being treatable, 15%-25% of Hepatitis B cases are left untreated and lead to serious liver disease, cirrhosis, liver damage, and liver cancer.



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