May is Hepatitis Awareness
By: Isabelle Malloy, Research Assistant, Rutgers Institute for Health
- May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and raises awareness of viral hepatitis while encouraging testing and vaccination. Hepatitis Awareness Month provides us all the opportunity to learn more about the understanding of viral hepatitis transmission to decrease stigma surrounding viral hepatitis. The CDC recommends that all adults should get tested for hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime and regular testing for people with ongoing risk factors.
Did you know?
• The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
• There are safe and effective vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and hepatitis B infection, and hepatitis C is curable with treatment prescribed by a healthcare provider.
• May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day! Talk to your healthcare provider if you should get tested for viral hepatitis.
Check out more resources for National Hepatitis Awareness Month:
Downloadable IFH Hepatitis Resources