16 Million Filipinos Carry Hepatitis B

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MANILA—About 16 percent of the Philippines' population, or 16 million Filipinos, are carriers of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), a “silent infection” globally seen as a very serious liver ailment. Dr. Judy Lao-Tan of the HSP revealed that the Hepatitis B virus is hyperendemic in the country and most infected people, particularly carriers, hardly present symptoms. The Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) called for voluntary testing for the infection. The group is committed to the study of liver health, collaborating with the government in formulating policies and expertise in preventing and treating liver-related diseases.