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Asian-Americans Disproportionally At Risk For Hepatitis B

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Asian-Americans Disproportionally At Risk For Hepatitis B

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Asian-Americans Disproportionally At Risk For Hepatitis B

Asian-Americans Disproportionally At Risk For Hepatitis B

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Of the more than one million people infected with chronic Hepatitis B in the United States, half are Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control. Members of these communities are seven times more likely than whites to die from the illness.

Host Michel Martin discusses the disease and its impact with Dr. Jennifer Lee, who chairs the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC and Leslie Hsu Oh, co-founder of the Hepatitis B Initiative of Boston, Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.