Engaging migrants in the uk in the uptake of hepititis B screening and treatment

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Hepatitis B Mitigation in Britain Name: Institution: Date: Hepatitis B is a serious killer disease and its prevention should be paramount in addressing the health care concerns of any country’s population. The mode of transmission of the virus that causes hepatitis B infection is similar to that of HIV (STANBERRY & BERSTEIN, 2000: 320).


Most governments are characterised by focusing their resources towards control and prevention of the spread of HIV without paying close attention to hepatitis B. Once a person contracts HIV, the life of that individual is not threatened. This is because there are ways of managing the virus and the individual’s life can be prolonged through the use of antiretroviral drugs. These antiretroviral drugs help keep the HIV levels in the body down, enabling the person to live a normal life free of any complications (ACHORD, 2009: 104). The same cannot be said of a hepatitis B victim because there are no drugs available to mitigate the effects of the virus in the body, especially on the liver (ZUCKERMAN & MUSHAHWAR, 2004: 159). The fact that the hepatitis B virus can be spread faster than the HIV and that hepatitis B’s probability of killing its victim is high makes it a necessary requirement that governments adopt more stringent measures in curbing the spread of the virus. Spread of the hepatitis B virus can largely be attributed to immigrants who come from regions of the world where there is a high prevalence of the risk of contracting the virus. In the context of this paper, focus is going to be drawn onto immigrants of African origin. ...
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