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Hepatitis B infection in Vietnam: current issues and future challenges



Hepatitis B infection in Vietnam: current issues and future challenges



Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 24(2): 361-373



Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a major public health problem in Vietnam. Recent studies have found that prevalence of current HBV infection (HBsAg+) ranges from 10% to 20% in the general population and 20% to 40% among injecting drug users and HIV+ patients. However, HBV prevention and control in Vietnam relies heavily on universal infant vaccination program and HBsAg screening for blood donors. Currently, HBV prevention and control is underfunded by the government and receives little support from international agencies. HBV-related liver disease will continue to create a heavy burden for public health in Vietnam in the next several decades unless appropriate interventions are undertaken urgently. Establishment of a national strategy for HBV prevention and control is crucial to develop and implement effective interventions.

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Accession: 053516148

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PMID: 21159700

DOI: 10.1177/1010539510385220


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