The Know Hepatitis B Campaign
In 2013, the Division of Viral Hepatitis, along with our partner, Hep B United, launched Know Hepatitis B, a national communications campaign promoting hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans. This multilingual campaign has materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, and messages are delivered through a variety of multi-media channels. Community-level outreach, in partnership with Hep B United and its local affiliates, will also incorporate campaign messages and materials that facilitate education and communication about hepatitis B among health care providers, local partners, and patients.
Though Asian Americans make up 5 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of the 862,000 Americans estimated to be living with hepatitis B. As many as 2 in 3 people living with hepatitis B do not know they are infected. Many people can live with the disease and not feel sick or have any symptoms. Testing identifies people living with hepatitis B and helps them take steps to protect their health, including starting treatment that can delay or reverse the effects of liver damage.
Know Hepatitis B seeks to increase awareness about this silent epidemic and encourage people who may be chronically infected with hepatitis B to get tested so they can take care of themselves and protect their families.
For more information
- Know Hepatitis B: Fact Sheet on the Campaign pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]
- “Know Hepatitis B:” A Multilingual Communications Campaign Promoting Testing for Hepatitis B Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – Public Health Reports. 2016 May-Jun;131 Suppl 2:35-40. Supplement Pageexternal icon