Manila, Philippines (4E) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched Know Hepatitis B, a campaign to increase testing for hepatitis B among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The campaign is a partnership between CDC and Hep B United, a nationwide coalition of community organizations working to increase hepatitis B awareness and testing.
In the U.S., Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are one of the groups hardest hit by hepatitis B. . Hepatitis B-related liver cancer is a leading cause of death among many in these communities .
According to the press statement, it is estimated that 1 in 12 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders is living with hepatitis B. Yet, as many as 2 in 3 living with the virus do not know they are infected, because the disease often has no symptoms until serious liver damage has already occurred.
Testing allows those with hepatitis B to take steps to protect their health, including starting treatment that can delay or reverse the effects of liver disease.