It’s official! DC Mayor Bowser has officially designated May as Hepatitis Awareness Month in Washington, DC. We are grateful to all our partners who work with us to raise awareness and to eliminate this deadly disease. Download and view proclamation here >
May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. During May, health organizations, federal government agencies, and other local and state partners work to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for Hepatitis B, testing for Hepatitis B and C, the availability of effective care and curative treatment, and the serious health consequences resulting from undiagnosed and untreated viral hepatitis.
This observance is an important opportunity to raise more widespread awareness of viral hepatitis and its impact in the U.S. and expand our coordinated national efforts to improve the health of the estimated 850,000 people living with Hepatitis B and 3.5 million people living with Hepatitis C, especially in our most at-risk communities.
Who are the at-risk groups?
Asian Pacific Islander community:
- 1 in 12 Asian Americans get Hepatitis B
- Liver cancer rates are 60% higher in Asian Americans
- Of the 980,000 Asian Pacific Islanders living in the DMV area, in 2015 there were 556 cases of HBV in VA and 56 cases in MD
- 100 million individuals with Hepatitis B in Africa
- 19 million individuals with Hepatitis C in Africa
How can you get involved?
Find a hepatitis screening event near you
Early detection is important for treatment. HBI-DC provides free hepatitis testing and vaccination services. Please visit our events calendar to find information on the upcoming screenings.
Use Amazon Smile to make purchases – and select Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC (HBI-DC) as your charity organization
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Join the conversation on social media and help share information on viral hepatitis:
- Use the hashtags #HepAware, #HepTestingDay, and #Hepatitis.
- Follow @HBIDC on Twitter.
- Follow HBIDC on Facebook.
- Follow hbidc on Instagram.
Watch and Share Videos
Learn more about viral hepatitis from our videos.
Your contributions will help change lives by allowing HBI-DC to work efficiently and effectively for the target community that it serves.
We are always looking for new collaborations. Please join us in working towards a Hepatitis B and C free DC!