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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 12, 2014

Culturally Tailored Education Aids HBV Screening in Asian Community

JAMA. 2014;311(10):1007. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1626

A targeted education program persuaded a number of foreign-born Asian adults living in the United States to undergo screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a major cause of liver cancer, according to findings reported in Preventing Chronic Disease.

The study recruited 877 adults from China, Korea, and Vietnam who lived in the Baltimore, Maryland–Washington, DC, area during November 2009 to June 2010. Some 38% reported that they had spent less than one-fourth of their lives in the United States, and 14% said they had a family history of HBV infection.

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