Up to 5.3 million people, or 2 percent of the U.S. population, are living with chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C according to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report. These diseases are more common than HIV/AIDS in the U.S., but most people who have them are unaware until they develop liver cancer or liver disease many years later.
The Asian communities have been disproportionately burdened with this disease in particular.
UCSF, as one of the partners of the citywide San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign
, offers free screening and vaccinations to target the Asian community in the Bay Areas regularly. These events are conducted by the UCSF Medical and Pharmacy school students and UC Berkeley students from the San Francisco Hep B Collaborative, with physician faculty members supervising and supporting the event.
UCSF will host 2 free screening events:
- Saturday, February 4, from 9 am to 12 pm at UCSF (2330 Post Street, Ground Level). Both screening and vaccination are free.
- Saturday, February 11, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Chinatown Public Health Center (1490 Mason Street). Screening is free and vaccination is $10.
For both events above: No fasting or appointments are necessary.