, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 266-272

Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans

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Background. Due to the high prevalence of hepatitis B, Asian Americans have high rates of liver cancer. Screening for hepatitis B leads to monitoring and treatment and prevent further infection through vaccination of contacts.Methods. We reviewed the published literature up to 2006 on hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans.Results. Many Asian Americans lack knowledge about hepatitis B and have not been screened. Sociodemographics, knowledge, beliefs, and health care variables are associated with screening.Conclusionss. Further research and health policy changes are needed to address the problem of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian Americans.