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How Can Health and Hepatitis Compete for Attention?

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How can healthcare and hepatitis compete with Beyoncé and Trump’s tweets for social media attention?

Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day. The World Hepatitis Alliance has organized a major campaign in order to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. There are many wonderful ways to participate, and I urge you to get involved by clicking on this link.

However, I must admit feeling discouraged by the lack of attention that hepatitis and health care receive. I read recently that Nevada teen, Carter Wilkinson set a record of the most retweeted Twitter message, attempting to get a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. On May 10, he surpassed three and half million. His noteworthy tweet was, HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS.

Yes, “HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS,” is what generated attention. Here are tweets that will likely pass unnoticed:

  • HELP ME PLEASE. PEOPLE NEED LIVERS.
  • HELP ME PLEASE. PEOPLE NEED HEALTHCARE.
  • HELP ME PLEASE. MORE PEOPLE DYING FROM HEPATITIS C THAN ALL 60 INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

Nope, Wendy’s chicken nuggets takes the prize. How can health care and hepatitis compete with Beyoncé and Trump’s tweets for social media attention? I don’t know, but a good place to begin is by visiting the World Hepatitis Day website. You can:

What would you tweet if you wanted to increase awareness about hepatitis or health?

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