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Survey Shows More than 800,000 in U.S. Have Hepatitis B, Half of Them Asian

Although nearly 70 million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated against hepatitis B virus (HBV), there are still 847,000 people with evidence of infection, about 400,000 of whom are Asian, according to the latest NHANES survey results published in the February edition of Hepatology.

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Latino Adults Have Hepatitis B Rates Similar to the General U.S. Population

Hispanic and Latino adults living in the U.S. are about as likely as the general population to have active hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, though rates varied across subgroups based on country of origin, according to research published in the February edition of Hepatology.

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Hepatitis B and C Reduce Survival by More than 20 Years

People with chronic hepatitis B or C lived about 2 decades less on average than those who did not have these infections, and chronic viral hepatitis was the 15th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010, CDC researchers reported in the January 1, 2014, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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AASLD 2014: Hepatitis B Testing and Treatment Rates Are Low Among U.S. Veterans

Only 15% of U.S. veterans have been tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and among those who tested HBsAg positive just one-quarter received antiviral treatment and 13% were screened for liver cancer -- although both measures were shown to reduce the risk of death -- researchers reported Sunday at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston.

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AASLD 2013: Viral Hepatitis Epidemics in the U.S. and California

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Ronald Valdisseri described the hepatitis B and C epidemics in the U.S., the HCV cascade of care, and efforts to combat viral hepatitis at the AASLD Liver Meeting this month in Washington, DC. Public health officials in California also recently released a report on the hepatitis B and C epidemics in that state.

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