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.