Hepatitis B is a liver disease spread through contact with body fluids from a person infected with the hepatitis B virus and most commonly spread from an infected mother to her infant at birth. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are at higher risk for Hepatitis B, which can lead to liver cancer. Early prevention and diagnosis of Hepatitis B, also known as “the silent killer,” and access to medical treatment can help reduce these inequities.
Facts about Hepatitis B and AAPI’s (from CDC)
- AAPIs make up less than 5% of the total population in the United States, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.
- Nearly 70% of AAPIs living the US were born, or have parents who were born, in countries where Hepatitis B is common.
- Approximately 1 in 12 AAPIs are living with chronic Hepatitis B, but most do not know it.
- Hepatitis B-related liver cancer incidence is highest among AAPIs. It is a leading cause of cancer deaths in this population.
- The death rate from Hepatitis B among AAPIs is 7 times greater than rates among whites
- Hepatitis B: What Asian and Pacific Islanders Need to Know (National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases)
- Hepatitis B and Asian and Pacific Islanders (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Epidemiologic Profile: Asians and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (PDF)
- Hepatitis and Asian Americans (Office of Minority Health)
- Know Hepatitis B Campaign
- Hepatitis B Information For Health Professionals
- HHS Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
- Hepatitis B Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Hepatitis B Infographic (PDF)
- 5 Minute Risk Assessment for Hepatitis B Questionnaire
- Video: Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the HHS, urges Asian Americans to get tested for hepatitis B
- Campaign materials (English, In-Language)