Hepatitis B Infection in Asian Americans
One out of ten Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (API) have chronic
Hepatitis B infection. Most of them have no symptom and do not know they
are infected. One of every four Hepatitis B carriers will eventually die of
either liver cancer or liver failure.
If you are an Asian or Pacific Islander America, you should do the following:
1) Have Hepatitis B screening blood test done if you do not know your
2) If you are Hepatitis B negative, you should consider immunization against
the disease especially if there are young children in the household.
3) If you are a Hepatitis B carrier, you should ask for professional advice
from your family physician or liver specialist. The risk of liver cancer starts
to increase at age 30.
4) Get more information on the subject from the Asian Liver Center at
Stanford University. Telephone them at 510-72LIVER or visit their web site