Hepatitis C had an impressive presence in this year’s news. Here are some of the biggest new stories:
- In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proclaimed May as Viral Hepatitis Month. May 19th was the first National Hepatitis Testing Day.
- The World Hepatitis Alliance observed Hepatitis Day on July 28th by attempting a Guinness World record. Daryl Luster and many, many others participated by wearing Daryl’s awareness t-shirts and engaging in other awareness opportunities.
- The CDC recommended one-time hepatitis C testing for all Baby Boomers – everyone born between 1945-1965.
- Sadly, hepatitis C outbreaks made the news, particularly when a New Hampshire medical technician exposed hundreds of patients to hepatitis C. News continues to surface of outbreaks in many other states.
- The first National Hepatitis C Helpline goes live – 877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443)
- More people are having successful hepatitis C treatment outcomes. At this year’s annual liver meeting, Duke hepatologist Andrew Muir, MD said, “We can now look patients in the eye and offer them a cure.”
On a personal note, my book, Free from Hepatitis C was published. Thank you all who supported me. My second book is done, and I will make announcements about that in 2013. I am grateful to have met so many wonderful people who are changing the world. It is an honor to work with you, cry with you, and to move forward into 2013 with you.
Have a safe, healthy New Year’s celebration and see you next year.
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