As a film director, Asian American, father and general consumer of news and culture, I consider myself well-versed in many things, especially when it comes to issues impacting my community. Though I recently found myself embarrassingly uneducated, and frankly shocked by a health issue that disproportionately affects Asian Americans: hepatitis B.
Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.
The good news is that for decades, both injection drug users and doctors have been advocating for harm reduction, a rational and proven way to reduce infections. The idea is simple: lower the risks associated with using drugs.
Learn more about this "silent condition."
The global hepatitis community is coming together for the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday July 28th. This year's campaign is called 4000 Voices, referring to the fact that 4000 people die every day due to hepatitis B and C.
Join World Hepatitis Day at the White House -- July 30: A Call to Action for Public Health Leadership
We've come a long way in laying the foundation to address this deadly disease. As I complete my tenure as ASH, I am moved by the public health legacy around viral hepatitis that has developed during my time in office.
On May 26, 2014, more people will have the opportunity to get screened, as the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized their recommendation for hepatitis B screening.
Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. As part of CDC and Hep B United's Know Hepatitis
Nemoto T, Operario D, Soma T, Bao D, Vajrabukka A, Crisostomo V. HIV Risk and Prevention Among Asian/Pacific Islander Men
Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.
A Call for Baby Boomers to Undergo Testing for Hepatitis C, a Once Lethal Disease With New, Potent Treatments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken the unprecedented step of declaring a whole generation at higher than average risk of hepatitis C infection.
About 2 billion people worldwide have been infected by this virus and 350 million of them live with chronic infection. About