Sunday, May 19 is the second national Hepatitis Testing Day. The purpose of this day is to promote screening for people who are at risk for viral hepatitis. Hepatitis Testing Day is also an opportunity to educate the public and to increase awareness about viral hepatitis. Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C testing is recommended for people who:
- Were born from 1945 through 1965
- Received donated blood or organs before 1992
- Have ever injected drugs, even if it was just once many years ago
- Have certain medical conditions, such as chronic liver disease and HIV or AIDS
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hepatitis Testing Day page for events in your area.
National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States is part of an educational initiative of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.