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AASLD 2014: Hepatitis B Testing and Treatment Rates Are Low Among U.S. Veterans

Only 15% of U.S. veterans have been tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and among those who tested HBsAg positive just one-quarter received antiviral treatment and 13% were screened for liver cancer -- although both measures were shown to reduce the risk of death -- researchers reported Sunday at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston.

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Hepatitis B and C Reduce Survival by More than 20 Years

People with chronic hepatitis B or C lived about 2 decades less on average than those who did not have these infections, and chronic viral hepatitis was the 15th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010, CDC researchers reported in the January 1, 2014, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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High Rate of New Hepatitis B Among African-Americans, Study Finds

Black Americans have a higher incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection than any other racial/ethnic group, including Asian-Americans, according to a review article in the July 1, 2013, advance edition of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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AASLD 2013: Viral Hepatitis Epidemics in the U.S. and California

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Ronald Valdisseri described the hepatitis B and C epidemics in the U.S., the HCV cascade of care, and efforts to combat viral hepatitis at the AASLD Liver Meeting this month in Washington, DC. Public health officials in California also recently released a report on the hepatitis B and C epidemics in that state.

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Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study Sheds Light on Burden of Hepatitis B and C in U.S.

People born between 1945 and 1964 account for the highest proportion of hepatitis B and C cases, and these viruses are a significant cause of illness and death, according to an analysis described in the January 1, 2013, Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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