Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

CALIFORNIA: Fil-Ams at High Risk of Hepatitis-B: Free Testing in SF Bay Area


Inquirer Global Nation (The Philippines) (07.22.2013)

San Francisco’s Hep B Free Campaign recently launched a Free Hep B test clinic at North East Medical Services (NEMS) in Daly City. The San Francisco campaign started in coordination with the city’s public health clinic, the Asian Week Foundation, and the City of San Jose. Genevieve V. Jopanda, Hep B Free’s executive director, stated that among Asians, Filipinos had the third highest hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection rates, after Chinese and Vietnamese residents. Jopanda explained that two out of three HBV-infected Asians/Pacific Islanders did not know they were infected, and one in four of these patients would develop liver cancer or liver disease if they did not receive treatment. She noted that chronic HBV infection was associated with approximately 80 percent of all liver cancers. The NEMS clinic is giving free HBV screening every Thursday between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The clinic will also provide vaccinations at discounted rates to low-income patients.


Copyright © 2013 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in July 23, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.