Cases of the potentially deadly liver disease have nearly doubled as outbreaks spread nationwide.
Cases have jumped 28 percent this year, and there's a "constrained supply" of vaccine.
We need Congress to do the right thing and provide funding for services for prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. We need a national viral hepatitis surveillance system. And what we need most is to eliminate viral hepatitis so we won't ever lose anyone else to these two diseases.
The global hepatitis community is coming together for the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday July 28th. This year's campaign is called 4000 Voices, referring to the fact that 4000 people die every day due to hepatitis B and C.
I was stunned when I learned that hepatitis kills 1.4 million people every year, making it one of the world's top-10 killers along with ischemic heart disease, HIV/AIDS and lung cancer.
Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day
Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.
Early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C is critical to ending the epidemic. With sofosbuvir and simeprevir, combined with evidenced-based behavioral health interventions such as needle exchange and peer support we can -- and will -- save lives.
For too long, viral hepatitis, an epidemic that doesn't necessarily make headlines, has steadily and silently affected the lives of millions of Americans.