New Hepatitis B Awareness Campaign
The Hepatitis B Foundation together with the Office of Minority Health and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is launching a public service announcement (PSA) to raise community awareness of hepatitis B and encourage Asian Americans to get tested for this preventable and treatable disease.
The television PSA, which was developed with the support of Gilead Sciences, highlights that a shocking one in ten Asian Americans has hepatitis B and asks: “Could you be one of them?” The 30-second spot will air in cities across the U.S. this summer on network affiliates as well as Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese community stations.
Chronic hepatitis B is known as a “silent killer” because it can slowly destroy the liver over time without causing noticeable symptoms, leading to liver cancer, cirrhosis or other complications. Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage experience the greatest burden of hepatitis B in the United States. Although Asian Americans comprise only 5 percent of the U.S. population, they represent more than half of the 1.4 to 2 million people with chronic hepatitis B in this country. Yet as many as two-thirds of Asian Americans with hepatitis B are unaware of their infection, and may unknowingly be passing the virus to their family and friends.
The good news is that chronic hepatitis B can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. For those who test positive, there are treatments available that can help control the virus and prevent further damage to the liver. Those who test negative can be vaccinated against the disease. Hepatitis B tests are available from your doctor, health care provider or local community health clinic.
To find a liver health specialist in your area, please visit: http://www.hepb.org/resources/liver_specialist_directory.htm
About Hepatitis B
For more information on chronic hepatitis B, please visit: http://www.hepb.org/patients/general_information.htm
Information about hepatitis B is also available in these Asian languages:
- Simplified Chinese – http://www.hepb.org/simplifiedchinese/
- Traditional Chinese – http://www.hepb.org/traditionalchinese/
- Korean – http://www.hepb.org/korean/index.htm
- Vietnamese – http://www.hepb.org/vietnamese/