ACTION ALERT

National Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

Jeffrey Caballero
Executive Director
(510) 272-9536 x105
jeffc@aapcho.org

May 19, 2012 is the first ever national Hepatitis Testing Day. It is a day for people at risk to be tested, and for health care providers to educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing. Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis but most of them do not know they are infected.

Over half of the estimated 2 million people infected in the U.S. are Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander and this group is 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with liver disease than non-Hispanic Whites. Check out AAPCHO’s Hepatitis B initiative page for more information.

 

Additional Resources:

  • Hep B United –  Hep B United is a national campaign to support the success of community-based groups across the U.S. working to increase hepatitis B awareness, screening, vaccination, and access to care and treatment for all Americans, particularly Asian American and Pacific Islander  populations disproportionately impacted by the disease.
  • National Hepatitis Testing Day – The CDC will use the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2012 as an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for chronic viral hepatitis.
  • Hepatitis Risk Assessment – Are you at risk for viral hepatitis? Take this five-minute assessment developed by the CDC and get a personalized report.