Hepatitis Testing Day



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Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19) badge.

Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. The goal of Hepatitis Testing Day is to help raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis 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 health care providers to educate patients about viral hepatitis and testing.Hepatitis Testing Day is an important opportunity for stakeholders across all sectors of society to educate their constituents and communities about viral hepatitis and encourage those at risk to be tested. 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.

An estimated 850,000 people are living with hepatitis B and 3.5 million are people living with hepatitis C. Most people with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus don’t have symptoms until the later stages of the infection. As a result, many Americans living with viral hepatitis do not know they are infected and are at risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and can spread the virus to others. Untreated chronic viral hepatitis represents a leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States. Treatment for hepatitis B is also available and can prevent the development of liver disease and liver cancer. Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other reportable infectious disease. Testing individuals at risk.

Assess Your Risk and Take Action

Use these easy online tools to find out if you are at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, then take action to locate a nearby provider of hepatitis B vaccination or hepatitis B or C testing. Share these tools with friends, family, colleagues, members, clients, constituents, and others.

Use the Hepatitis Digital Tools

Incorporate the Hepatitis Testing Day logo into your website, blog posts, social media, email, and other communications. Visit this CDC page to find an array of digital tools including a quiz widget and buttons, badges, and banners in different shapes and sizes that are ready to download and use online.

Learn about the CDC’s Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations for Baby Boomers

CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans born from 1945-1965 get tested for hepatitis C. People in this age group are five times more likely to have hepatitis C. This short video exit disclaimer icon describes what hepatitis C is and why testing is important.

Get Social

Join the conversation on social media. Use the hashtags #HepTestingDay, #HepAware, and #Hepatitis to share information on viral hepatitis and Hepatitis Awareness Month.

Follow @HHS_ViralHep exit disclaimer icon on Twitter to learn about the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, federal hepatitis actions and resources.

Follow @cdchep exit disclaimer icon on Twitter to receive information from CDC about hepatitis resources, tools, publications, campaign updates, and events.