Hepatitis B is a virus that infects your liver and can cause life-threatening liver diseases. Hepatitis B is common in many foreign born populations, including Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Africans. Approximately 1 in 10 Asian Americans has hepatitis B, and as many as 2 in 3 people do not know they have it because there are no visible symptoms. Testing is the only way to know if someone has hepatitis B.
Who should be tested?
People born in Asia, Africa, and other regions with moderate to high rates of hepatitis B.
All pregnant women
Infants born to HBsAg positive mothers.
Unvaccinated people whose parents are from regions with high rates of hepatitis B.
Anyone having sex with a person infected with hepatitis B.
People who live with someone with hepatitis B.
Men who have sexual encounters with other men.
People who inject drugs.
People with HIV infection.
Donors of blood, plasma, organs, tissue, or semen.
People on hemodialysis.
People who receive chemotherapy or other types of immunosuppressive therapy.
Hepatitis B is serious and is the leading cause of liver cancer. But you can prevent hepatitis B through screening and vaccination, and chronic infections can be managed with routine monitoring and treatment.
Protect yourself and your family by getting a simple test. We provide preventative services such as testing and vaccination and also comprehensive hepatitis B care and treatment.
About the Hepatitis B Program at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
The Hepatitis B Program works to reduce hepatitis B transmitted from mother to child, and to reduce chronic hepatitis B liver complications among our patient population through clinical care, community outreach, advocacy, and research. In 2015, the Health Center’s Hepatitis B Program was awarded the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize by Hunter College Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy in recognition of its comprehensive and culturally accessible hepatitis B services.
Services Available at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Free first time hepatitis B screening for all patients.
Hepatitis B vaccination. If you need vaccination and you do not have health insurance, we offer reduced fees based on your family size and income.
We offer comprehensive hepatitis B care which includes:
Discounted fees for our services based on your family size and income for uninsured patients.
Assist eligible patients to apply for free or low cost hepatitis B medication and affordable liver cancer screening. No one will be denied services based on ability to pay.
To access these services, you can start by registering as a patient. Call (212) 379-6998 (Chinatown, Manhattan) or (718) 886-1212 (Flushing, Queens).