African American Hepatitis C Action Day – July 25thJuly 25th is the second annual National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCA). On this day, CDC and its public health partners will join the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) to help promote the day in an effort to educate African Americans about the seriousness of Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic in the United States, with around 3 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis C. Most are unaware they are infected.
Facts About Hepatitis C
- Can cause serious liver damage, liver disease and even liver cancer.
- Is a leading cause of liver transplants
- Blacks are twice as likely to have ever been infected with the Hepatitis C virus than whites and other racial and ethnic groups.
- More than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are baby boomers (people born from 1945 to1965).
- Baby boomers are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis C-related deaths are almost double the rate for black Americans compared with non-Hispanic white Americans.
July 25th provides an opportunity to educate everyone about how to prevent Hepatitis C and the importance of getting tested if you belong to a risk group. To find out if you could be at risk for Hepatitis C (or other types of hepatitis) take CDC’s 5 minute Hepatitis Risk Assessment.
National African American Hepatitis C Action Day is a good reminder to learn about this serious disease. Numerous tools are available to help public health partners promote their events, including a toolkit. The NBLCA also developed an events section that allows people to view Hepatitis C testing events in their area. We encourage you to use and share the toolkit, events page, and the Risk Assessment as you plan your events for July 25th and throughout the year.
NPIN Twitter ChatJoin the #NPINChat on Thursday, July 17th at 2PM – 3PM ET to discuss Hepatitis C among African Americans and learn more about how to support National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (#AAHepCActionDay). Melissa Baker, Special Projects Manager with the NBLCA and CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis staff will be joining the chat. Use hashtag #NPINChat to follow along on Twitter. Tweet your comments and questions.