Ohio: Akron-Based Group Gets $600,000 Health Grant to Assist Asians
February 15, 2008
While Asian Americans are less likely than other Americans to smoke, be obese, or have hypertension, they are also less likely to be screened for HIV or cancers. In addition, they are much likelier to have hepatitis B.
Though HBV can be sexually transmitted, the main modes for the Asian community are mother-to-child during pregnancy and between siblings by sharing toothbrushes or razors, said Byun. In addition, many recent immigrants do not know they have the blood-borne virus. "That's a very important issue in our community."
ASIA will especially liaise with physicians and other health professionals, and educate Asian Americans about the need to screen for HBV, Byun said.
Akron Beacon Journal
02.05.2008; Tracy Wheeler