SF Hep B Free Support Group

Alan Wang: Let's Talk About hep B!

Hi Everyone,
I want to thank you for joining me in this fight against a deadly virus that kills about 800,000 people each year. Before I realized my life was in serious danger I was a lot like many patients. I was naive. Because there are no symptoms, I ignored the problem and failed to seek treatment allowing the hepatitis B virus to damage my liver. Only after realizing three of my uncles died from hepatitis B-related liver cancer and seeing the results of my own chronic hep B biopsy did I begin to seek treatment. At its peak, my liver was being devastated by 13 million copies of the virus, but within months of treatment my viral load was undetectable. After more than ten years of being undetectable, my MRI shows the scaring on my liver (which causes cancer) is gone and my liver has regenerated new cells creating a healthy pink organ.
Understanding hepatitis can be confusing (it was for me), but it’s something that you should take seriously if you or your loved ones are at risk. If you have any questions or simply want to share your experience with me, I’d like to hear it on this website. Also, please take time to watch a very important documentary film called “Be About It” featuring me and a great father, son and brother named AJ Jabonero who I wish I could have met.

Click here to watch Be About It

片“Be About It” , 我在紀錄片有完整的分享還有一位雖然我從未見過但卻是一位偉大的父
親,兒子與兄長- AJ Jabonero的故事.

請按此處 觀看影片

Hi Alan:

How are you? Happy new year!

Thank you for sharing your story! I am haven’t started my treatment yet and the thought of taking a pill a day frankly scares me. The dependency on the drug day to day sounds daunting. Understandably you have been on treatment for the past 10 plus years, would you kindly share a little bit of your journey under treatment? How is taking a pill a day? I assume it naturally becomes your daily routine?

A little bit about myself. I am age 40 immigrated to San Francisco 30 years ago. Contracted hep b when I was in China. I had couple of big flare ups in my lifetime but in general very healthy. Now at age 40 my liver specialist recommended me to go on treatment to minimize any future scarring.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!


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Hi Ray,

Sorry it took so long for this reply. It has been a hectic few months. Thanks so much for your courage to post. I just spoke with Alan today and asked him your questions. He said, “We all do daily things like brushing our teeth, showering, eating breakfast and things like that. This just becomes one of those things and I don’t even think about it anymore. I don’t have any side effects and I just know its good for me.” Alan is happy to continue the conversation when he can.

If you want a little more in depth view you can watch the hepatitis B documentary that Alan was featured in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIW-rSOlUAc. you can also contact me, Richard So at richard.so@sfhepbfree-bayarea.org or visit our website for more information. Please let me know if you have other questions.