Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. Hepatitis Testing Day is an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for viral hepatitis. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected.
Four Things You Should Know About Hepatitis:
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are all different diseases. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways. Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections and lead to serious health problems.
- Chronic hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer.
Chronic hepatitis can cause serious damage to the liver, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
- Most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected.
More than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis in the United States, but most do not know they are infected. Many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms or feeling sick.
- Getting tested could save your life.
Lifesaving care and treatments are available for chronic hepatitis, but getting tested is the only way to know if you are infected. Take CDC’s Hepatitis Risk Assessment to see if you should be tested for viral hepatitis.
Find a Testing Site: If you are looking for a place to get a free or low cost test for hepatitis, please check out the CDC sponsored Hepatitis Testing page. Enter your zip code, or city and state, to find a site near you.
Twitter. Follow @cdchep on Twitter to receive information from CDC about hepatitis resources, tools, publications, campaign updates, and events. Use the hashtags #hepatitis, #HepAware, and #HepTestingDay to join the conversation and help us share information on viral hepatitis.
Thunderclap. Please consider participating in our Be #HepAware Thunderclap on May 19th at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT. Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance and share a unified message simultaneously across social media platforms to create a wave or “thunderclap”. Supporters can use their Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts to sign up for a one time post that will be sent on May 19th. We need 100 supporters to sign up in order for our Thunderclap to take effect. So, please join us in this effort and visit http://thndr.it/1z5X2cF to sign up and help spread the word to your members and followers.
- Resources for Hepatitis Testing Day and Awareness Month
- Hepatitis Risk Assessment
- CDC Viral Hepatitis Homepage
- Know More Hepatitis campaign
- Know Hepatitis B campaign
- Get CDC Viral Hepatitis email updates from GovDelivery