Talking More About Hepatitis B, HIV Can Alleviate Stigma

Huffington Post “Healthy Living”: Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma
Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), and Isha Weerasinghe, hepatitis B policy fellow at AAPCHO

“…May 19 was both National Hepatitis Testing Day and National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Both hepatitis B and HIV have stigmatizing effects within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and both are often misunderstood. … We need to talk more about hepatitis B and HIV, within and outside of our families and communities, to help educate not only those populations at higher risk, but also the general population. Those who are at risk for hepatitis B, and for HIV, who are fearful or less trusting of the health system, need to feel comfortable enough to get tested, and to get into care. Talk to your friends and family about hepatitis B and HIV. Someone you know may be the one in 12 that has HBV” (5/20).