Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is usually an acute (short-term) disease for those infected as adults, but it usually becomes a chronic (long-term) disease for those infected as children.

CDC recommends Asian Americans get tested for Hepatitis B. It is the leading cause of liver cancer for Asian Americans. Treatments are available from your doctor.
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Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and other bodily fluids. The most common way to get hepatitis B is from mother to baby, especially for those born in regions in Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders tend to be infected at a much higher rate, with an estimated 1 in 10 Asian Americans chronically infected with hepatitis B compared to 1 in 1,000 people in the general population.

While there is no cure for hepatitis B, there are treatments available to manage the disease. In addition, there is a vaccine available to prevent infection.

Additional Resources

State of Hawaii, Department of Health Disease Outbreak Control Division

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hep Free Hawaii

Hepatitis B Foundation