5. Why do Asians have high rates of HBV?
Now Asians have very high rates of chronic
hepatitis B because many became infected at birth or early childhood.
So this is the infection. The earlier you get infected the more likely
you lose the battle and become chronically infected. So for a newborn,
you know the risk is as high as ninety percent if the mother has the
infection and passes it on to the baby during the birthing process.
It is not a hereditary disease. It is a
disease which is passed to the newborn most of the time at the time of
birth. And then the risk is still high in young children and drops to
about ten percent in children over the age of six. But this could all be prevented with three
shots and it will protect you and you are okay for life. So even if
the newborn is born to a mother who has chronic hepatitis B, as long
as the newborn gets the first dose of the hep B vaccine at birth (you
usually give it into the muscle) then there is protection. It is likely that it will protect the
newborn ninety-five percent of the time. Now don’t give the vaccine in
the fat, in the buttocks. It doesn’t work. The vaccine only works if
you give it intra-muscular.
4. Is HBV transmitted by casual contact?
6. What is the connection between HBV and liver cancer?