Hepatitis B in Asian Americans-What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk
Presented by the Center for Asian Health Research and Education in partnership with Stanford Health
Chronic hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable and treatable chronic disease of the liver and the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide as a result of infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). In the United States, 1 in 12 Asian Americans is living with chronic hepatitis B, but over half of them are not aware they have been infected. Samuel So, MD, will talk about hepatitis B, how it is transmitted, prevention, screening, and treatment. He will also share his work on changing public health policies related to hepatitis B and C and the new CDC recommendations to screen all adults in the United States for hepatitis B.
Samuel So, MD, is recognized worldwide for his expertise in chronic hepatitis B and primary liver cancer prevention, research, treatment, and health policy. He is a member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD Prevention & Treatment. He was also a member of the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practices of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a committee member of the 2010 IOM report on “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: a national strategy for the prevention and control of hepatitis B and C,” and the 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on “Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States. He also served as a special adviser on viral hepatitis for the World Health Organization Western Pacific regional office. In 2010, he received the CDC and ATSDR Honor Awards for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B, and was recognized in 2014 by the White House for global and national leadership in the prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
Tuesday, May 2
7:00 pm Pacific Time
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