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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

National Campaign Aims to End Hepatitis B in High-Risk Asian American and Pacific Islander Populations

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and the Hepatitis B Foundation, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, today launched the “Hep B United” national campaign aimed at bringing attention and action to ending hepatitis B, especially among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations in the U.S.

Chronic hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and is widely known as a “silent killer” because it can slowly destroy the liver without causing noticeable symptoms. More than half of the estimated 2 million people infected with HBV in the U.S. are AAPI. The primary goal of Hep B United is to support the success of community-based groups across the U.S. working to increase hepatitis B awareness, screening, vaccination, and access to care and treatment for all Americans, particularly AAPI populations disproportionately impacted by the disease.

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