PBS News Hour reports on the campaigns to fight hepatitis B among Asian populations worldwide. The potentially fatal liver disease is 100 times more likely to afflict Asians than non-Asians. One of the campaigns highlighted is the Which One Deserves To Die? Hepatitis B Ad. One in 10 Asian Americans are infected with the virus. Many people can live with the virus and never get sick, but 25% of those infected get severe liver damage or cancer. Most people are infected at birth from their mothers. If you’re Asian, get tested.
The spread of Hepatitis B can be slowed down. An effective vaccine for hep B has been available for almost 25 years. If caught early, newborns can get vaccinations within the first day of life to prevent transmission of the virus from their mother. One in 20 people in the world are chronically infected. That’s 10 times more than people in the world infected with HIV. There’s huge advocacy for the HIV community and very few advocates for hepatitis B. Stemming the Asian Hepatitis B Crisis on PBS
Stemming the Asian Hepatitis B Crisis on PBS