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90% Of People With Hepatitis B Unaware Of Infection; More Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Efforts Needed Globally, Study Says

The Guardian: Scientists warn 90% of hepatitis B sufferers remain unaware of silent killer
“About 300 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B, yet the majority of cases remain undiagnosed or untreated, researchers have found. According to a study published on Monday in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal, roughly 90 percent of people infected by the virus, which is incurable but manageable, are unaware they have it. … The study’s authors warn that global efforts aimed at eradicating the hepatitis B virus (HBV) by 2030 are unlikely to be met unless countries rapidly improve access to screening and treatment…” (Hodal, 3/27).

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