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3. Why isn’t hepatitis B recognized as a problem by the US government in the way that hepatitis C is?

The problem is that in this country as a whole, the incidence is low. If you look at CDC data, the incidence is only 1 out of 1000. In Asian Americans it is about 1 out of 10. It is a problem for those in high-risk environments, such as those who undergo kidney dialysis, or doctors and dentists. A lot of people thought the vaccine would stop the problem, but unfortunately, there are millions of people who did not have access to the vaccine, or who were infected before it was available. This is why I want you all to become more active as advocates.