I am proud to work with the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign in helping to educate and raise awareness among the general public about this deadly disease. It is through knowledgeabout hepatitis B prevention and treatment that we can stop most liver cancers, which are caused by the Hep B virus.
As a person who has chronic Hep B infection, I know how important it is to know one's status. I encourage everyone to get tested as soon as possible. The hepatitis B virus is known as the "silent killer" because there are often no symptoms. By the time symptoms do show, it is often too late to take advantage of the manytreatment options.
Those who test negative for hepatitis B infection can get a vaccination for lifelong protection. Those who are chronically infected need simple medical check-ups to prevent the Hep B virus from developing into liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. By taking these steps, we can rid San Francisco of hepatitis B. We can set a model for the nation and be an inspiration to efforts around the globe in eradicating Hep B.
It all starts with you. Get screened, vaccinated and treated if necessary. Use the information in this news section to educate yourself about the things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Talk to your family and friends about Hep B and help them to get screened. By working together, we can all be Hep B Heroes and make San Francisco free of hepatitis B!