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Author Topic: Asians Have Higher Rates of Hepatitis B, Study Confirms  (Read 8798 times)

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Asians Have Higher Rates of Hepatitis B, Study Confirms
« on: November 18, 2019, 10:05:29 am »
The highest rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the United States are seen among Asians, in particular those born outside of the country, Healio reports. Long-term survey data also indicated that rates of hep B treatment are very low among those living with the virus.

Publishing their findings in the journal Hepatology, Michael H. Le, of Stanford University Medical Center’s division of gastroenterology and hepatology and colleagues analyzed data on 47,618 adult respondents to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2016. They looked at data on HBV as it pertained to exposure to the virus, infection, self-reported vaccination status, vaccine-induced immunity and awareness of liver disease status.


The study defined HBV infection as a positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test result and past exposure as a positive hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) test result. Vaccine-induced immunity was defined as a positive hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) test along with a negative anti-HBc test.


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