Facts and Figures

Hepatitis B is a global public health threat and the world’s most common serious liver infection. It is up to 100 times more infectious than the HIV/AIDS virus. It is also the primary cause of liver cancer (also known as hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC), which is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. One million people die each year from hepatitis B and related diseases.

Hepatitis B Around the World

  • 2 billion people have been infected with the hepatitis B virus (1 out of 3 people)
  • 10-30 million people will become newly infected each year
  • 240 million people are chronically infected
  • 1 million people die each year from hepatitis B and related complications such as liver cancer
  • Approximately 2 people die each minute from hepatitis B

Hepatitis B In the United States

  • 1 in 20 Americans has been infected with the hepatitis B virus (12 million)
  • Up to 40,000 Americans will become newly infected each year
  • More than 2 million Americans are chronically infected 
  • More than 50% of  Americans living with chronic hepatitis B infections are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent (1 in 12); yet, they account for only 5% of the U.S. population. Also at high risk are African immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Thousands of people die each year from hepatitis B