May 19 will be recognized as the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/TestingDay/). The “Know More Hepatitis” campaign encourages Americans to talk to their doctor and get tested. Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in the United States, because more than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C, and up to 75% don’t know they are infected. Visit www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis for more information.
An online Hepatitis Risk Assessment has been developed to determine a person’s hepatitis testing and vaccination recommendations. The tool allows individuals to answer questions privately, either in their home or a health care setting, and then print tailored recommendations based on US CDC’s guidelines to discuss with their doctor. It is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/HEPATITIS/riskassessment/