Free Screening Assessment for Hepatitis Testing Day
Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and most of them do not know they are infected. People can live with chronic hepatitis for decades without having symptoms.
The goal of Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2019, is to help raise awareness of hepatitis A, B, and C and to encourage more individuals to learn their status.
It is a day for people at risk for viral hepatitis to be tested, and for healthcare providers to educate patients about viral hepatitis and testing.
This digital assessment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help determine if you should be vaccinated and/or tested for viral hepatitis.
First observed in 2012, Hepatitis Testing Day was designated as a national observance in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis as part of broader efforts to raise awareness of the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis in the United States.
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In the U.S., the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
- Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually, recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.
- Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Some people who become infected, especially young children, can go on to develop a chronic or lifelong infection. Over time, chronic hepatitis B virus infection can cause serious liver damage and even liver cancer.
- Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. Most people who get infected will develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver disease, liver failure, and even liver cancer.
Recent hepatitis A, B, and C news can be found here.
Overall, the number of hepatitis A cases in the USA reported to the CDC increased by 294 percent during 2016–2018, when compared with the 2 previous years.
Moreover, updated data in 2019 indicates various hepatitis A outbreaks will continue across the USA.
Additionally, in 2016, an estimated 862,000 and 2.4 million persons were living in the USA with hepatitis B and hepatitis C says the CDC.
Healthcare providers and their patients can enroll for a free vaccine newsletter, which highlights related hepatitis news.
And, various financial support programs can be found at Vaccine Discounts.
Preventive vaccines for hepatitis can be found at Vaccines.