May is 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, the Center for Disease Control 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. Who are the priority populations? Baby boomers (or those born from 1945-1965), people who have injected drugs or received tattoos outside of licensed tattoo shops, and anyone engaging in unprotected sex.
Why baby boomers? In 2012, CDC started recommending Hepatitis C testing for everyone born from 1945 – 1965. While anyone can get Hepatitis C, up to 75% of adults infected with Hepatitis C were born from 1945 – 1965. Also:
Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected so getting tested is the only way to know.
- Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults.
- The longer people live with Hepatitis C undiagnosed and untreated, the more likely they are to develop serious, life-threatening liver disease.
- Liver disease, liver cancer, and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.
- Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.
We want to help stop the spread of Hepatitis C and improve the health of anyone who tests positive. Come join us on May 19th to get a free test. See the flyer below for details.