Hepatitis Testing Day
Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. Hepatitis Testing Day, first observed in 2012, 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.
In addition, May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. During May, agencies and offices across the federal government as well as state and local partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.
Here are some ways you can get involved in both observances.
Hepatitis Awareness Month
To help you participate in Hepatitis Awareness Month, CDC provides web badges, digital tools, fact sheets, posters and other resources on this page.
Join in the observance. Consider inserting the badge above on your website or into your email signature block.
Hepatitis Testing Day
Hepatitis Testing Day is a day for people at risk for viral hepatitis to be tested, and for health care providers to educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing.
Resources to help you support Hepatitis Testing Day are available from CDC’s Hepatitis Testing Day page.
Take the Online Hepatitis Risk Assessment
To highlight the importance of testing, CDC has developed a 5-minute online Hepatitis Risk Assessment tool to provide individually tailored viral hepatitis testing and vaccination recommendations. Use the tool to privately answer questions and print recommendations based on CDC’s guidelines to discuss with your health care provider.
Find or List a Hepatitis Testing Day Event
Awareness activities, including testing events, take place in communities around the country to mark Hepatitis Testing Day. This page from CDC allows anyone to search for Hepatitis Testing Day events taking place near them in May. Event organizers can also list their events.
Read a blog post about the Hepatitis Testing Day Events page.
Read the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, in April 2014 the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released a three-year update to the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. The updated plan provides a framework and focus around which all key public and private stakeholders can engage to strengthen the nation’s response to viral hepatitis and seeks to leverage opportunities to improve the coordination of viral hepatitis activities across all sectors.
Share These CDC Resources
The observance is part of a broader national education campaign—Know More Hepatitis—to educate people about viral hepatitis and encourage people to get tested.
Learn about the CDC’s Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations
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 describes what hepatitis C is and why testing is important.
More CDC Resources - Hepatitis B
In 2013, CDC and Hep B United launched Know Hepatitis B, a national communications campaign promoting hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This multilingual campaign offers messages and materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. While AAPIs make up less than 5% of the U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with hepatitis B.
Raise Awareness in the Blogosphere
Raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the importance of testing by writing a blog post. Or comment on someone else’s blog post.
You can also read the AIDS.gov blog posts about viral hepatitis. New posts will appear weekly during May 2014.
Using social media to talking about viral hepatitis, Hepatitis Testing Day or Hepatitis Awareness Month? Use these hashtags:
- #HepAware for Hepatitis Awareness Month
- #HTD for Hepatitis Testing Day
Follow CDC Viral Hepatitis on Twitter @CDChep
Learn about using Twitter (PDF 589KB).