The numbers are startling. In the United States, 12 million people (1 out of 20) have been infected at some time in their lives with the hepatitis B virus, more than one million people in the U.S. have developed 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. 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
"Hepatitis B diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence," says Honda. "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 will be 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.