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Viral hepatitis is on the rise. Tackling hepatitis B in Africa is key to fighting back. “HIV has been an acute pandemic with resources thrown at it.

That’s a completely different picture than hep B, which has travelled with humankind for tens of thousands of years - and by dint of that invisible carriage, has never had that injection of political advocacy, funding, energy and education that’s gone into HIV,” says Philippa Matthews, an immunologist at the University of Oxford, UK, who studies viral infections such as HBV.

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