Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis Launch
Thursday, April 3, 2014 1 PM-4 PM
The three-year update (2014-2016) of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis will be launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The plan provides a framework around which both federal and non-federal stakeholders from many sectors can engage to strengthen the nation's response to viral hepatitis. The event will be streamed online live (www.hhs.gov/live) from HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, so that as many federal, state, and community-based partners across the country as possible can participate. For more information, log onto
Hepatitis Awareness Month:
The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, CDC and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.
Hepatitis Risk Assessment: Online Tool
Find out if you should be tested by taking a 5-minute online Hepatitis Risk Assessment, designed to determine an individual's risk for viral hepatitis and ask questions based upon CDC's guidelines for testing and vaccination. This risk assessment tool allows individuals to answer questions privately, either in their home or in a health care setting, and print their recommendations to discuss with their doctor. May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day.
Viral hepatitis is an infection that affects the liver. There are at least six different types of hepatitis (A-G), with the three most common types being hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV).
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Hepatitis A is an acute infection and people usually improve without treatment.
There is a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B can cause a chronic, persistent infection, which can lead to chronic liver disease.
There is a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis C can cause a chronic, persistent infection, which can lead to chronic liver disease.
There is not a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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