About 38,000 new hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections occurred in the United States in 2009.1
About 1.2 million Americans have long-term (chronic) hepatitis B, and many acquired their infection in childhood.1
In the U.S., hepatitis B is most common in people ages 25 to 44.1 People at greatest risk for HBV infection are those who inject illegal drugs, those who have more than one sex partner, and men who have sex with men.2
Each year, about 3,000 people die in the U.S. from illnesses related to HBV infection.1
Worldwide, chronic HBV infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease and liver cancer.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Hepatitis B FAQs for health professionals. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HBV/HBVfaq.htm.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Hepatitis B. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp. 337-356. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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