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Viral Hepatitis Awareness Months and Days

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One important way to raise awareness about viral hepatitis among persons who are at risk, healthcare providers, and the general public is through awareness months and days. Three annual viral hepatitis-focused observances provide opportunities to join with allies and coordinate across organizations, communities, and the nation to educate communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment.

More widespread understanding about viral hepatitis is essential if we are to prevent new infections and poor health outcomes, including hepatitis-related liver cancer and deaths, among those living with viral hepatitis and achieve the goals of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan).

Organizations as well as individuals can use these annual observances to help get the word about viral hepatitis out to and through their networks, helping more people get tested and linked to treatment. During viral hepatitis observances, you can:

Many different kinds of organizations have joined in the fight against viral hepatitis including, community medical and behavioral healthcare providers and healthcare systems, state and local health departments, advocacy groups and coalitions, professional organizations, academic institutions, social service organizations serving priority populations, and others. Winning this fight will require active involvement by a broad mix of groups and individuals. Join us and get involved!

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Observed during May each year, Hepatitis Awareness Month raises awareness of the importance of vaccination for hepatitis B, testing for hepatitis B and C, the availability of effective care and curative treatment.

Hepatitis Testing Day

Observed May 19 each year, Hepatitis Testing Day is a day for people at risk for viral hepatitis to be tested, and for health care providers to educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing.

World Hepatitis Day

Observed July 28 each year, the annual observance focuses attention on the huge impact of viral hepatitis infection globally – with as many as one in 12 people worldwide living with either chronic hepatitis B or C.
Content created by Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP)
Content last reviewed on May 8, 2018