Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Free testing for Hepatitis B being provided for people in San Francisco Bay Area

In Bay Area California, among Asians, Filipinos are the third-most chronically infected with the deadly Hepatitis B disease, next only to Chinese (first) and Vietnamese (second. As many as 1 in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders are infected with Hepatitis B worldwide. Of these, two out of three don’t know they are infected, and one in four will develop liver cancer or liver disease if untreated. Moreover, nearly 80 percent of all liver cancers is directly associated with chronic hepatitis B.

In Bay Area, a campaign has started to provide free testing of Hepatitis B. The campaign also encouraged the people especially the Asian community to participate in the free hepatitis B testing. Hepatitis B is a silent killer like diabetes and many families have been devastated from this disease.

Free Hep B Campaign is all about “bringing the community together,” with independent clinics set up for the public to get free screening. People who are found infected are provided treatment, through with Medicare or the state program for underserved communities.

Hepatitis B infection is a highly prevalent lethal disease that results in liver failure or liver cancer when left unattended. The screening procedure is very simple and if it turns out positive, patient should see a doctor for further tests on an annual basis including getting treatment.

No appointment is necessary for the free screening that is being provided in San Francisco Bay Area. Low income patients can get free testing plus vaccination on a discounted rate depending on income.

Across the globe, approximately one million people die from liver cancer each year as a direct result of hepatitis B. Unlike other diseases, the hepatitis B virus quietly and continuously attacks the liver over many years often without creating noticeable symptoms. The majority of those chronically infected contract the disease unknowingly at birth from their mothers. For chronic carriers, there is a significant increased risk of developing serious liver complications as early as one’s mid-twenties.
Chronic carriers might feel and test perfectly healthy and still develop deadly liver cancer. Simple but specific tests must be used to detect the virus. Unfortunately, these tests are not normally given during check ups and otherwise healthy individuals become victims.


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