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May: Hepatitis Awareness Month

157782_100000504055563_1554035961_nHepatitis Awareness Month begins today. For the next thirty-one days hepatitis activists, advocates, patients, consumers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, and everyone who wants to make a difference will make an extra effort to increase hepatitis awareness.

Here is one small act you can take that will make a huge difference. Urge every Baby Boomer you know to get tested for hepatitis C. The majority of people who have hepatitis C were born in the years 1945-1965; up to 75% of those with hepatitis C do not know they are infected. We are talking about millions of people.

Everyone who receives an email from me also receives this message automatically added to my signature: The CDC recommends testing all Baby Boomers for hepatitis C. It is not only HOW you lived, it is WHEN you lived. If you were born from 1945 through 1965, or if you have any viral hepatitis risk factors, get tested.

Feel free to copy or modify it. Thank you for acting today.

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