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Affected Populations and Communities

Significant health disparities exist in the United States and Oregon for hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) infections, chronic liver disease, liver cancer and death in the following communities and populations:

Affected population
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African Americans and Blacks

Asian and Pacific Islanders
Native Americans
People born between 1945-1965 ("baby boomers")
Persons who have injected drugs (PWID)
Incarcerated persons
Providers and the groups at risk may be unaware of the need to:
  • Increase awareness of the existence of viral hepatitis health disparities within their communities;
  • Implement effective and culturally appropriate prevention, hepatitis B vaccination and hepatitis B and C screening programs for populations and communities experiencing health disparities;
  • Implement birth cohort and risk-based HCV screenings;
  • Screen foreign-born Asian and Pacific Islanders and Blacks for chronic HBV infection, and
  • Improve the linkages to care and treatment access for persons with chronic hepatitis B and C infection.


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