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Stigma: a major barrier to hepatitis B elimination


Advances in hepatitis B management are still not reaching most of the affected community. A major barrier to this translation is stigma. Research and clinical communities have a responsibility to mitigate stigma and ensure that the voices of the affected community are considered in decision-making conversations.

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T.T. is funded by the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Ideas Grant APP2002565). T.T. thanks S. Wang and J. Block for their bravery in publicizing their status to overcome the author’s own self-stigma; T.T. also acknowledges S. Wang for helpful conversations on this topic.

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T.T. consults for and advises for Gilead, Excision Biosciences and GlaxoSmithKline and has received research funding from Gilead and Excision Biosciences. T.T. is currently president of the Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology and founder/director of, an online support network for people living with hepatitis B.

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Tu, T. Stigma: a major barrier to hepatitis B elimination. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 19, 622 (2022).

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