First national hepatitis B awareness week in May.
Health advocates from around the country participated in a national awareness campaign to bring attention to and educate their communities about prevention of hepatitis B Hepatitis B Definition
Hepatitis B is a potentially serious form of liver inflammation due to infection by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It occurs in both rapidly developing (acute) and long-lasting (chronic) forms, and is one of the most common chronic through testing and vaccination. In order to break the silence surrounding this deadly disease and bring awareness to the American people An American people may be:
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2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten. . In the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , 12 million people (one out of 20) have been infected at some time in their lives with the hepatitis B virus, more than one million people in the US have developed chronic hepatitis Chronic hepatitis
Long lasting inflammation of the liver due to viruses or other causes.
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chronic hepatitis B infection, and more than 5,000 Americans die from hepatitis B-related liver complications each year. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. . Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are most disproportionately affected by chronic hepatitis B, accounting for more than half of the chronic hepatitis B cases and half of the deaths resulting from chronic hepatitis B infection in the United States. Although hepatitis B immunizations are now routinely given to adolescents, many adults, particularly in immigrant populations, remain vulnerable to the disease. Hepatitis B costs our country $700 million every year.
Hepatitis B diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence. The tools to combat this disease, vaccination, early diagnosis, and treatments, as well as education, are available to us. During National Hepatitis B Awareness Week, events were held across the United States to raise awareness about hepatitis B, educate patients and their physicians about improved methods of treatment and prevention, and open the dialogue within communities about how to stop the transmission of this virus