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Team HBV- Hepatitis B Awareness organization

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September 14, 2011

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THE STORY:

Team HBV is a 2 year old UCLA organization aimed at eradicating Hepatitis B which causes up to 80% of primary liver cancers. We focus on raising Hepatitis B awareness on campus and in Los Angeles county. Los Angeles County has the largest API community (over 1 million) of any county in the United States making it a breeding ground for the Hepatitis B virus. The disease is especially devastating towards the underserved API (Asian Pacific Islander) community not because the virus preferentially infects Asians but because many APIs are barred from proper health care and education by language, cultural, and economic barriers. Moreover, although the disease affects as many as 1 in 10 Asian Americans, it only affects 1 in 1000 Americans in general making it often overlooked in the U.S. health care system. Only some health clinics screen for Hepatitis B in their STD testing and annual check-up blood tests.

Team HBV collaborates with the Asian Pacific Liver Center, a non-profit organization that holds free Hepatitis B screenings in underserved API communities. We rent vans to volunteer at these screenings. In addition, we give presentations at local schools and at general meetings of other campus organizations. We also hold a yearly awareness concert during national Hepatitis B awareness week (May 19-26). Medical students are invited to talk about the disease and various performance groups are invited for entertainment. Most recently, we had KABA Modern perform at our concert. As a relatively new organization, we are ambitious and excited for our future projects which include a physician shadowing program and the use of viral media to reach more people.

Support for our organization will help us achieve our goals faster and work towards a Hep B free future.

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