May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month
May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, which was first designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001. This is an important opportunity to help raise awareness about viral hepatitis in this country. With up to 5 million Americans affected by chronic hepatitis B and C, there is a lot that still needs to be done to improve prevention, education, and access to medical care and treatment!
May 19, 2012 has been designated as the first National Hepatitis Testing Day by the CDC. Since most Americans chronically infected with hepatitis B and C do not know their infection status, improved screening and testing is essential to reducing the burden of these two serious diseases. The availability of better treatments for hepatitis B, and a cure for hepatitis C, provide compelling reasons for Americans to get tested!
For further information about May Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day, visit the following websites:
Hep B United – A community-based national hepatitis B campaign to support and leverage local coalitions around the country working to reduce the burden of hepatitis B and liver cancer. Includes links to Hepatitis B Testing events in different states.
CDC Hepatitis Awareness Month - Check back over the course of the month as exciting new resources and tools are added to this page maintained by the CDC.
CDC Hepatitis Testing Day – Coinciding with Hepatitis Awareness Month, this inaugural
Hepatitis Testing Day offers an important opportunity to remind healthcare providers and educate the public about who should be tested for viral hepatitis.
CDC Know More Hepatitis - a national education campaign by the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis to increase awareness about the hidden epidemic of hepatitis C and to get people tested, particularly the “Baby-Boomers.”
CDC NPIN – a webpage where federal partners working to implement the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan have posted downloadable materials. Select “Hepatitis” as your topic and add relevant keywords such as “testing,” “treatment,” or “Asian American,” for specific resources.
Aids.gov - Drs. Ronald Valdiserri (HHS) and John Ward (CDC) blog about May Hepatitis Awareness Month and National Hepatitis Testing Day.
Page last modified May 3, 2012