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One out of 10 Asian Americans has hepatitis B

There is a virus that is 100 times more easily transmitted than the dreaded acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, and it is called Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). HBV is a virus that can cause Chronic Hepatitis B, a life threatening liver disease. According to United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 25 percent of people with chronic hepatitis B develop serious liver problems such as liver failure, liver cancer and cirrhosis (severe liver scarring), if left untreated.One in 10 Asian Americans has HBV- a rate over 20 times higher than that of the overall U.S. population - two in three of whom are not aware of it.

Published
27 August 2014
From
Philippine Star
Study in Malawi shows importance of screening HIV-positive patients for HBV co-infection and using tenofovir-containing regimens

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype A1 infection is associated with poor virological control and the rapid emergence of drug resistance among people living with HIV who are

Published
14 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Hepatitis Warrior Hiking in China Shows Glaxo Hurdles

Lei Chuang trekked almost 1,000 miles over 80 days from Shanghai to Beijing last summer, along riverbanks and highways, to deliver a petition beseeching China’s leaders to cut the prices of hepatitis B drugs. “If drug companies can afford such huge sums for bribing doctors and hospitals, then they should still be profitable if prices are lowered by 50 percent,” said Guangzhou-based Lei, nicknamed the “Hepatitis B Warrior” by Chinese media. “They could use that money to benefit patients instead.”

Published
30 May 2014
From
Bloomberg
Hepatitis B a growing problem in UK prisons

In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Health Minister Norman Lamb said the number of prisoners diagnosed with chronic forms of the virus has risen from just 22 in 2010 to 109 in 2013.

Published
01 May 2014
From
The Independent
Anti-HBV antiretrovirals may help ward off HBV infection in MSM

Three antiretrovirals that also help control hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection—tenofovir, emtricitabine, and lamivudine—may also prevent HBV infection, according to results of a retrospective analysis involving men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Netherlands.

Published
24 April 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Adding interferon to nucleoside antivirals may improve response for people with chronic hepatitis B

Adding pegylated interferon to entecavir (Baraclude) led to greater hepatitis B virus (HBV) viral load decline and higher likelihood of serological response in people with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis

Published
16 April 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Hepatitis delta virus co-infection increases risk of poor liver-related outcomes for people living with HIV

Co-infection with hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a major risk factor for hepatic decompensation and liver-related death in people living with HIV, Spanish investigators report in the online

Published
28 March 2014
By
Michael Carter
Booster Shots Needed for People with HIV?

Previous research indicates people with HIV have a reduced immune response to most vaccines, but how does immune response hold up over time—and what are the implications for re-vaccinating with “booster shots”?

Published
26 January 2014
From
BETA blog
China's Struggle With Hepatitis B Discrimination

Job applicants and students are regularly turned down on the basis of the disease. Now, some are fighting back.

Published
04 December 2013
From
The Atlantic
Entecavir + tenofovir works well for people with hepatitis B who have had prior treatment failure

A dual regimen of entecavir (Baraclude) plus tenofovir (Viread) for 48 weeks led to virological response and was generally well-tolerated among people with chronic hepatitis B who

Published
29 November 2013
By
Liz Highleyman
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