"Unless they have some liver test abnormality that's when we test them. Now we recommend testing based on the risk factors. Not just the liver test alone."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control now recommends routine Hepatitis B testing for all people from countries with high rates of the disease. Dr. Phan says doctors can help by adding routine testing to their regimens, and not just Asian-American doctors.
"The issue also is we do have a large percentage of patients seeing non-Asian physicians, who don't test at all. So we need to both educate the Asian-American docs and also the non-Asian-American physicians also."
Phan says there's no cure for Hepatitis B but it can be controlled if caught early. There's more information about Hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day on the Hepatitis Day website. Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.