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Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate
Hepatitis B is a major health problem with an estimated 350 million people infected worldwide, about five percent of the world’s population. HBV is responsible for up to 80% of the global incidence of liver cancer and is the ninth leading cause of death. In the United States, there are approximately 140,000 to 320, 000 new infections each year and an estimated 1 to 1.25 million people chronically infected with HBV. It is estimated that 4,000 – 5,000 deaths occur as the result of HBV infections in the United States annually. HBV is a complicated disease that is especially challenging to understand for those people who do not have a science background. Even though this is a major health problem throughout the world, there has not been a great deal of patient-friendly education. Now, an excellent new book has recently been published, which sheds light on this often misunderstood and very complex disease.
Living with Hepatitis B: A Survivor’s Guide, by Gregory T. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Hedy Weinberg, is a groundbreaking work that should be read by anyone affected by HBV, including patients, healthcare providers and community health outreach workers. These are the same authors who wrote Living with Hepatitis C: A Survivor’s Guide, which is one of the most valuable books for patients and their advocates on hepatitis C; they have used the same basic format for this most-recent book,.
This guide describes everything an HBV positive person needs to know in an easy-to-understand and concise format. Subjects include the entire spectrum of HBV, from acute to chronic, through disease progression, with practical medical and patient information for the newly-diagnosed or the person who has been living with HBV for many years. One of the most accessible components of this book is the patient testimonials which really put the disease in a perspective that is easy to understand. Even the explanatory section on the various tests and markers for acute, active, resolved, and chronic infection is made easy for the lay person, which is no small accomplishment.
I highly recommend this comprehensive book to people affected by HBV. It will help guide them through the complexities of the disease and will hopefully provide an avenue for more awareness and advocacy to anyone affected, whether they are HBV-positive or affected in some other way by this often misunderstood disease.
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