SF Hep B Free Support Group

Subgroup Topics

Newly Diagnosed

1 in 12 Asian American and Pacific Islanders adults are
chronically infected with hepatitis B. As many as 2 out of 3 people who
are infected do not know it. Approximately 95% of chronic infection
happens under the age of 5, whereas approximately 5% of chronic
infection occurs after the age of 5. Acute infection is less common, but
can be just as risky. Vaccination can prevent the onset of hepatitis B
infection, chronic & acute, but does not serve as a cure.

Lost a Loved One

As many as 1 in 4 of those chronically infected, will
develop liver cancer or liver disease from chronic hepatitis B infection.
Men are 10x more likely to develop liver cancer than women; however,
this does not mean that women are immune to developing liver cancer
from hepatitis B infection. There is a safe and effective treatment
available, and not all chronic infection cases require treatment, but instead
regular monitoring of your liver health and viral load.

General Questions

Hepatitis B is the number one public health disparity
facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It is primarily
transmitted from mother to child at birth, but can also be transmitted
sexually, and via blood. There is currently no cure for hepatitis B, but
transmission can be prevented, and managed.

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