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Protect Your Family: Get Tested for Hepatitis B

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.
Hep B Map
*map source: CDC.gov

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

Preventative Services
  • 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.
Clinical Care

We offer comprehensive hepatitis B care which includes:
  • Education
  • Treatment
  • Monitoring visits
  • Care coordination
  • 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).

Hepatitis B Resources

“The Test” Comic Book – Hepatitis B Stories
English Chinese
Development of this material is made possible with a grant by Miranda Wong Tang.

Hepatitis B Screening and Treatment Tracker
English/Chinese

If You Have Hepatitis B, Protect Your Baby Roadmap Chart
English
Chinese

Protecting Your Baby from Hepatitis B – What Pregnant Women Need to Know
English
Chinese

Other Resources

NYC Hep B Coalition
NYC DOHMH
Liver B Well
Hep B Foundation
Hep B United
CDC
WHO

   


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