Hepatitis Awareness month has arrived!

May marks the beginning of Hepatitis Awareness Month.

As observed by (Wolitski, 2016), "many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance includes national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These represent important opportunities to promote hepatitis testing and improve outcomes for the estimated 3.4 million to 5.3 million people living with viral hepatitis in the U.S., many of whom do not know they are infected." Viral hepatitis is known as one of many leading causes of death across the globe. Millions of people are affected yearly without even being aware at times. Other health statistics show that 90% of people living with hepatitis B and 80% living with hepatitis C are not aware of their status. If left undiagnosed, the possibility of developing a fatal liver disease at some point in the life of a relative or friend is possible. However, with the availability of effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, you or a loved one does not have to suffer from this health condition. 

With the inclusion of viral hepatitis in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recent adoption of the world's first international hepatitis strategy, are pivotal turning point in the world is medicine is before us. The need for political involvement is growing. This month if you desire to get involved assess your risk and please take action. Get social online and use the following hashtags in support: #HepAware, #HepTestingday, and #HepatitisAwarenessMonth to share valuable information on viral hepatitis that can help save more innocent lives. 

From all of our staff at DLCFL, 

Be well.