CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateMASSACHUSETTS: Community Groups Raise Awareness for World Hepatitis Day in Chinatown
By Phoenix Tso
August 12, 2013
Sampan (Boston, MA) (08.09.2013)
As part of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, people gathered at the Boston Chinatown Gate to perform “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Last year’s gathering of approximately 12,000 people worldwide to raise awareness of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection set a one-day record for actions against the disease. This year’s goal was to break the 2012 record and provide information about hepatitis testing to Boston’s Chinatown community. In addition to the performance, volunteers provided English and Chinese pamphlets and water.
Melissa Wong, chairperson of the board of directors for Massachusetts Asian Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health explained that the participants wanted to emphasize how HBV affected the Asian population disproportionately. In the Asian Pacific population, mothers passed most HBV infections to their child at birth. American children received vaccinations by elementary school age, but many Asian Pacific immigrants arrived in the United States older and missed the opportunity for immunization. MAP for Health organized the event with Quest Diagnostics and the Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University chapters of Team HBV. MAP for Health and Quest Diagnostics provided diagnostic and treatment advice services.