Resource Round-Up: Hepatitis Awareness Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 25% of people with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV for short), a viral infection that can cause chronic liver disease and liver cancer. An estimated 75% of people living with hepatitis C in the United States don’t know it, says the CDC.
Hepatitis Awareness Month is designed to change that statistic and increase understanding, testing, and treatment of viral hepatitis, including HCV and hepatitis A and B. A project of the CDC, Hepatitis Awareness Month provides an opportunity to get tested for viral hepatitis and learn how to avoid and treat these infections.
Use the resources below to find a testing location and get the information you need to prevent hepatitis infection and manage your own health.
Resources for Your Health: Hepatitis
Hepatitis Risk Assessment: Use the CDC’s anonymous self-assessment tool to evaluate your own risk factors for viral hepatitis and get personalized recommendations for hepatitis testing and vaccination.
National Hepatitis Testing Day: Find an event (or register your own), get hepatitis facts, and find testing sites for National Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19.
NPIN Organization Search: Locate organizations offering hepatitis testing and medical care with this online “finder” from the CDC’s National Prevention Information Network.
HIVandHepatitis.com: Launched in 1999, this comprehensive site covers breaking news on hepatitis B and C, HIV and hepatitis coinfection, and related illnesses.
CDC’s Viral Hepatitis Resource Center: Fact sheets, training resources, treatment guidelines, and other tools and materials for community members and health care providers alike.
BETA’s “virtual library” on hepatitis C: See the latest science on cutting-edge treatment for hep C in this growing library of articles.
Help-4-Hep: This toll-free, peer-to-peer helpline can answer your questions about testing and treatment for hepatitis C. Call 877‑HELP‑4‑HEP (877‑435‑7443) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, or use the site’s “click to call” function to connect with a peer counselor.
Forum on Hepatitis and HIV Coinfection: Browse this forum or post questions of your own and get answers from TheBody.com’s resident coinfection expert.