Wednesday, July 25, 2012

World Hepatitis Day - July 28

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day, a time to increase awareness about hepatitis and promote prevention and treatment. Hepatitis B in particular is an important health concern for Asian Americans since approximately 1 in 12 Asian Americans has hepatitis B. However, many people are unaware of their infection because they may not experience any symptoms of illness.

Getting tested is incredibly important and only requires a simple blood test. For anyone who is at risk of being infected, there is also a safe and effective vaccine to prevent against hepatitis B. For more information, check out the CDC website and take their online Hepatitis risk assessment.

With World Hepatitis Day approaching, let's encourage more Asian Americans to talk to their doctor about getting tested and vaccinated for hepatitis B!

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