May is Hepatitis Awareness Month.
National Hepatitis Testing Day is May 19.
World Hepatitis Day is July 28.
Hepatitis refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. Hepatitis viruses can lead to chronic liver diseases, including cirrhosis and cancer. It is called the silent killer because too often it goes unnoticed by the public and undetected by health care providers and patients. According to the CDC, the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis though most do not know they are infected.
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Hepatitis and Minority Populations
Compared to non-Hispanic whites:
- Asian Americans are 5.5 times more likely to develop chronic Hepatitis B.
- Hispanics are 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
- Blacks were 50 percent more likely to die from viral Hepatitis (2010).
- American Indian/Alaska Natives were twice as likely to develop Hepatitis C (2011).
Statistics on African Americans and Hepatitis.
Statistics on American Indians/Alaska Natives and Hepatitis.
Statistics on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Hepatitis.
Statistics on Hispanic Americans and Hepatitis.
Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, released in 2011, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released a 3-year update of the plan in April 2014.
The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan builds on the foundation of and momentum generated by the original action plan and seeks to harness:
- New recommendations for health care providers regarding screening for hepatitis C;
- Promising new developments in treatments for hepatitis C;
- Mounting public awareness of and concern about hepatitis B and hepatitis C; and
- The expansion of access to viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment offered by the Affordable Care Act.
Projects and Partnerships
A few of our grants, projects and partnerships helping to reduce disparities and promote better health:
Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
Identifying and supporting promising practices for prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis
Plan for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health
Improving African immigrant health at Adventist HealthCare
Native communities taking action with increased HIV testing and intervention efforts
- CDC tools and resources
- Hepatitis Testing Day Toolkit For Event Planners
- CDC Know More Hepatitis Campaign
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