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Viral Hepatitis: Update on Hepatitis B

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Presenter: Peter F. Ells, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe laboratory testing and serologic and virologic markers used to diagnose, stage and monitor hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
  • Review HBV treatment (choice of agents) and through case examples, determine whether treatment initiation is appropriate.
  • Discuss how current HIV medications have changed how clinicians manage HBV infection (e.g. hepatocellular carcinoma screening/follow-up in the era of HIV antiretroviral therapy).
  • Devise a plan to manage side effects of treatment for HBV and HBV-HIV co-infection.

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