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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
INDIA: Project to Combat Hepatitis B in Tibetans Has Been Launched
By Harold Mandel
August 7, 2013 (08.03.2013)

On August 2 the Central Tibetan Administration in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University inaugurated a hepatitis B pilot project within Tibetan settlements in Bylakuppe in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Trinley Palmo, a health department official, explained that from July to October of this year, Johns Hopkins University will work along with nurses from Tso Jhe Khangsar Hospital to determine how hepatitis B is currently spreading within the Tibetan community inside these settlements. Hepatitis B has been found at high rates among Tibetans and it is hoped the study will provide important information on how individuals may benefit from hepatitis B vaccinations as well as how those infected with hepatitis B benefit from medical treatment and what current treatment regimens are.