All baby boomers should be tested at least once for the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, according to proposed guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Friday.
Co-infection with hepatitis C increases the risk of death for patients with AIDS by 50%, according to the results of a large study published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. A fifth of these deaths were attributable to liver-related causes, five times the rate seen in people with AIDS who were not co-infected.
The investigators also found that a third of co-infected patients were unaware of their hepatitis C infection.
Please join us in raising awareness about hepatitis B among your families, friends, colleagues and co-workers. Make hepatitis B part of your conversations during the month of May… Working together, we can bring to life the Action Plan’s vision: “A Nation committed to combating the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis.
By, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Imagine my excitement when the individual local grassroots hep B campaigns from around the U.S. came together and decided to form a national coalition—Hep B United (the Philadelphia campaign becomes Hep B United Philadelphia). Having a formal national coalition will help local campaigns to become more versatile and more effective, both collectively and individually… they will be able to work with federal and national partners without losing touch with the local campaigns. A unified national presence and identity will also strengthen the ongoing advocacy work to raise awareness among policy makers… Ultimately, all of these benefits will help us better serve our communities.
Daniel Chen from the Hepatitis B Foundation has written a great blog post announcing that the local Hep B Free campaign has changed its name to Hep B United Philadelphia. This will bring hep B coalitions across the country together under a united network. We look forward to seeing what exciting work can be accomplished with our national partners!