CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateCALIFORNIA: Fil-Ams at High Risk of Hepatitis-B: Free Testing in SF Bay Area
By Rose Paquette
July 23, 2013
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.