About Hepatitis B
Why should we care
about hepatitis B?
- Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a significant
problem in the world, affecting 350-400 million people worldwide.
This makes it more common than HIV or hepatitis C.
- About 1 in 10 Asians has hepatitis B, compared to 1 in 300
in the overall US population.
- Chronic hepatitis B is a significant health disparity in the US, and more than
½ of those infected are Asian.
- 80% of liver cancers in the world are caused by chronic hepatitis B infections.
- Liver cancer rates are rising in the US, largely due to viral hepatitis.