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9. Why is it inaccurate to refer to a person with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) as a 'healthy carrier'?

There is a lot of misconception even among the physician community - many think that carrier is more benign - this is a big "voodoo" - they think because your ALT's are normal that you are a "healthy carrier" - this makes you let your guard down in terms of screening for cancer. So, once you have hepatitis B, you run the risk of getting liver cancer, and that is the population that needs to be screened.