Hepatitis B in Philadelphia
Hepatitis B is a common infection in Philadelphia. It is estimated that there are over 3,000 new cases within the the city each year. Unfortunately, like most of the infected population around the world, the majority of those living with chronic hepatitis B are unaware. More than 212,000 people of Asian descent and more than 55,000 African immigrants live in the city, yet less than 10% of the local Asian/Pacific Islander and African communities have been tested or vaccinated. These statistics show an evident gap in the dissemination of information regarding the virus.
With more than 25,000 Philadelphians living with the silent infection, Hep B United Philadelphia seeks to close this gap by raising awareness, educating at-risk populations, and preventing the transmission of hepatitis B. In addition to awareness, one of the campaign’s goals is to connect those with hepatitis B to healthcare providers that can meet their needs. This includes linking them to doctors or specialists that speak their language and understand cultural complexities that might impede the treatment process.
Who hepatitis B impacts in Philadelphia
In Philadelphia, the largest at-risk groups are Asian American, Pacific Islander and African immigrant communities. Out of the 508 new reports of chronic hepatitis B infections identified by the Philadelphia Department of Health in 2013, a majority were in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. However, with the current addiction crisis, we are now seeing increases in acute hepatitis B infection among people who inject drugs.
Where hepatitis B infections are in Philadelphia
While confirmed infections can be found in almost every Philadelphia county, the most recent research shows that South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia have higher rates of confirmed infections than other sections of the city.
Who we work with
Hep B United Philadelphia works with community stakeholders, healthcare providers, religious institutions, family organizations, and educational institutions. We also coordinate events with local community groups and the City of Philadelphia.