Hepatitis B and AAPIs

Hepatitis B is a liver disease spread through contact with body fluids from a person infected with the hepatitis B virus and most commonly spread from an infected mother to her infant at birth. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are at higher risk for Hepatitis B, which can lead to liver cancer. Early prevention and diagnosis of Hepatitis B, also known as “the silent killer,” and access to medical treatment can help reduce these inequities.

Facts about Hepatitis B and AAPI’s (from CDC)

  • AAPIs make up less than 5% of the total population in the United States, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.
  • Nearly 70% of AAPIs living the US were born, or have parents who were born, in countries where Hepatitis B is common.
  • Approximately 1 in 12 AAPIs are living with chronic Hepatitis B, but most do not know it.
  • Hepatitis B-related liver cancer incidence is highest among AAPIs. It is a leading cause of cancer deaths in this population.
  • The death rate from Hepatitis B among AAPIs is 7 times greater than rates among whites