Hepatitis B and liver cancer are the greatest health disparities experienced by
the Asian and Pacific Islander population. Hep B Free Santa Clara County seeks to
unite community and medical stakeholders to promote awareness of hepatitis B.
will be accomplished by:
» Building public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of
testing and vaccinating Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis
» Promoting routine hepatitis B testing and vaccination within the primary
» Providing access to medical management for chronically infected individuals.
» Globally, there are ~350 million people with chronic HBV infection and approximately
40 million people with HIV/AIDS.
» The hepatitis B virus is 100 times more infectious than HIV
» Less than 1 in 1000 of the general U.S. population has chronic hepatitis
B vs. an estimated 1 in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders has chronic
hepatitis B infection, contracted at birth or early childhood.
» Liver cancer presents the greatest health disparity between Asian Americans
and Caucasian Americans.
» API residents comprise 35% of Santa Clara County's population.
» Without proper care, 1 in 4 living with chronic hepatitis B will die from
liver cancer or liver failure.
» Over 15,000 Santa Clara County residents could die from liver disease/cancer
related to chronic hepatitis B Chronic hepatitis B is often asymptomatic.
A simple blood test is necessary to detect the disease.
» Hepatitis B infection is passed from infected mother to infant at birth
if there is no intervention.
» There is no cure for hepatitis B, but there are treatments to manage the
disease and prevent liver cancer.
» Hepatitis B is a vaccine preventable disease.
» Santa Clara County Public Health Department
» Asian Americans for Community Involvement;
» Asian Liver Center at Stanford University
» AsianWeek Foundation