Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis B in the AAPI Community

As part of CDC and Hep B United's Know Hepatitis B campaign, this infographic provides information in a visual and easy-to-understand format.

As May is both Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Hepatitis Awareness Month, we are reminded of the staggering impact of Hepatitis B in the AAPI community. AAPIs comprise approximately five percent of the U.S. population, but account for more than half of Americans with chronic Hepatitis B. In fact, one in 12 AAPIs is living with chronic Hepatitis B.

As a result of unprecedented coordination and collaboration among federal partners brought about by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which was just updated last month, we can now leverage a number of new tools to support our ongoing awareness efforts. The Plan is the nation's first comprehensive cross-agency effort to combat viral hepatitis. The Action Plan is also a core element in HHS's 2014-2015 agency plan for the White House Initiative on AAPIs - we encourage you to submit feedback on the agency plan by May 31.

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