Hepatitis Awareness Month, observed in May, is a time to increase awareness of hepatitis, promote the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffering with the emotional, financial and physical burden of hepatitis. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected.
The Center for Disease Control's Division of Viral Hepatitis is leading a national campaign called Know More Hepatitis. The campaign aims to increase awareness about this hidden epidemic and encourage people born from 1945-1965 to get tested for Hepatitis C. The division is also coordinating with community partners to promote testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through the multilingual Know Hepatitis B campaign.
May 19th has been designated as a national “Hepatitis Testing Day” in the United States. The CDC and others use Hepatitis Testing Day as an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for chronic viral hepatitis.
Hepatitis Awareness Month Sponsor: Divsion of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov