One in 12 persons worldwide are living with either chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C. It has higher prevalence rate than HIV or any cancer in the world - WHO


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I so vividly remember one of my earliest encounters with viral hepatitis. I was working in Hacettepe University Hospital in Turkey when a seriously ill old woman was admitted. Her belly was swollen -- the size of a full-term pregnancy -- but there was no baby. Her abdomen was full of fluids because her liver had stopped functioning properly. She was dying from chronic liver disease due to viral hepatitis.

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