Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B FAQs

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), and can lead to premature death from cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure or liver cancer.
 

How is hepatitis B transmitted?

For Asians, HBV is commonly transmitted from a chronically infected mother to her child at birth. HBV can also be transmitted by coming in contact with infected blood and through unprotected sex.
 

Why should Asian and Pacific Islander Americans be aware of hepatitis B?

  • Approximately 1 in 12 Asian Americans is infected with HBV. 
  • Without appropriate monitoring or treatment, 1 in 4 will die from liver cancer or liver failure.
  • Although Asian Americans make up only 4% of the U.S. population, they account for over half of the estimated 1.25 million individuals with chronic HBV infection.
 

"If I have Hepatitis B, am I going to die from liver cancer or liver failure?"

People with chronic hepatitis B can lead completely normal and active lives. With regular testing and an ultrasound every year, liver disease can be detected early and treated quickly to prevent further damage, which will increase the probability of long-term survival.

Take Action

What YOU should do:

  • Get tested.
  • For you and your family, ask your doctor for the Hepatitis B antigen and antibody tests, which are not included in routine physical examination blood tests. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor for the Hepatitis B antigen test to see whether you are a Hepatitis B carrier.
  • Hepatitis B screening is also available at the AHI Free Clinic. 
  • Get vaccinated.
  • If both your blood tests are negative, get the 3-dose Hepatitis B vaccine to protect you from future infection and the risk of liver cancer. All newborns should receive the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth.
 

In addition to screenings provided through the free clinic, AACS holds quarterly clinics specifically for Hepatitis B screening during the months of February, May, August, and November.

 
Please contact Chin-Yin Shih at 614-220-4023 ext. 224 or cshih@aacsohio.org for details.

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