Based on community screening of hepatitis B virus was discovered by researchers led by a University of California, Davis, targeted publicity in Asian populations to identify high-risk groups, infection and guide them to the appropriate follow-up care to help prevent liver diseases, including cancer.
Public health report published online today, the study involved screening in Sacramento County 1004 Asian adults in more than a year’s time 28 different events. From a student-run clinic outreach team and the Asian community organizations and the University of California, Davis, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and co-sponsors to promote hepatitis B screening event. The effort is part of a national hepatitis testing, linkage care initiative, which aims to test these high-risk groups of infection and get those positive additional testing and consultation on the next steps Who tests.
“We realized that one size fits all approach does not work, because the different ethnic groups faced each obstacle when it came to the screening,” lead author Julie Dang, director of publicity and community involvement in the Cancer Center said. “So, we created a series of different positioning of each community, and with the best screening programs for individual people up.”
Screening of the population is concentrated in the neighborhood churches and community centers to hold every event interpreters on hand to facilitate communication with everyone get screened, the party said.
Almost all of those screened were born outside the United States. Among them, 76 (or 7.6%) were positive for the infection, including 31 Hmong, 23 Vietnamese, 17 Chinese, two South Koreans and three other Asian communities.
The researchers are not sure whether every positive individuals receive proper follow-up care; however, these filters, found that 67 percent of chronic hepatitis B infection did receive follow-up counseling. Those who tested negative, but is considered counseling susceptible to the virus (220) by a free hepatitis B vaccine to plan their primary care provider or organized by the University of California, Davis Health System, in order to get the hepatitis B vaccine.
Sacramento has the nation’s 10th largest Asian population in the United States, making it an excellent location for a hepatitis B screening. Globally, hepatitis B virus infection is the leading cause of cancer after tobacco use, if left untreated, infected an estimated 15% to 25% of deaths from related disorders. In the US population, Asian / Pacific Islander highest rate of liver cancer (7.2 times higher than non-Hispanic whites).
Hepatitis B virus is through contact with infected blood, semen or other body fluids. Pregnant women infected with the virus can pass it on to her unborn child. Now there are a variety of drugs available for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, which can slow or prevent liver damage.
Researchers have launched another two years of effort, additional screening for the 2000 Asian Americans with hepatitis B infection. The second study also relates to see screening at the University of California Davis Medical Systems were treated with navigator who tested positive patients with newly diagnosed patients after six months follow-up.