Viral Hepatitis

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver . The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.

Hepatitis B

•An estimated 1.2 million people are living with chronic Hepatitis B in the US.

•1 in 12 Asian Americans has Hepatitis B.

•Nearly 2 in 3 Asian Americans with Hepatitis B do not know they are infected.

•Asian and Pacific Islanders make up 5 percent of the U.S. population but account for over 50 percent of Americans living with Hepatitis B.

•People with Hepatitis B often have no symptoms.

•Up to 25 percent of people with Hepatitis B develop serious liver problems.

•Hepatitis B –related liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among Asian Americans.

•CDC recommends all people born in Asia and the Pacific Islands get tested for Hepatitis B.

 

Hepatitis C

•People born from 1945 through 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C than other adults.

•Nearly 3 in 4 people with Hepatitis C were born from 1945 through 1965.

•Most people living with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected.

•Many people can live with Hepatitis C for decades without having symptoms or feeling sick.

•Left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage and liver failure.

•Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants.

•CDC recommends all people born from 1945-1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.

 

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

Viral Hepatitis. Are you at risk? Take this 5 minute Hepatitis Risk Assessment developed by the CDC and get a personalized report.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/RiskAssessment/

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