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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, which was first designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001. This is an important opportunity to help raise awareness about viral hepatitis in this country. With up to 5 million Americans affected by chronic hepatitis B and C, there is a lot that still needs to be done to improve prevention, education, and access to medical care and treatment!

National Hepatitis Awareness Month 2007

May 7 – 11, 2007
AIM for the B Campaign
AIM for the B is a national awareness campaign that complements National Hepatitis B Awareness Week to engage the media in promoting hepatitis B as a top health priority in the U.S. The campaign was started in 2004 and is sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Hepatitis B Foundation will be modering media events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

May 9, 2007
Free Webcast -
“The Changing Epidemiology of the Hepatitis B Virus” From 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Dr. Stanley Martin Cohen, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Hepatology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, will speak about the changing distribution patterns of HBV. This free course is offered by Abbott Diagnostics in collaboration with the Hepatitis B Foundation. 1 CEU credit will be offered. Free Online Registration.

May 10, 2007

Library of Congress Symposium: "Combating HIV and Hepatitis B" Washington, D.C.
Distinguished health and medical experts participated in a symposium addressing critical issues on the challenges of developing an HIV vaccine and ensuring the eradication of Hepatitis B. The symposium coincided with World AIDS Vaccine Day on May 18 and National Hepatitis B Awareness Week, May 7-11. The Kluge Center held the symposium in partnership with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Hepatitis B Foundation, with support from the Dana Foundation. Free Webcast.

May 11, 2007
Congressional Briefing on Asian American Health, Washington, D.C.
In honor of May Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian American Heritage Month, a special briefing on health issues, featuring hepatitis B and diabetes, is being hosted by U.S. Congressman Mike Honda to raise awareness in the Asian American community. Expert speakers will include Dr. Timothy Block, President of the Hepatitis B Foundation. The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO.org) is hosting this briefing at the Capitol. Read about AAPCHO's 2006 Congressional Briefing.

Pennsylvania Hepatitis Awareness Month in May
The PA House of Representatives passed a Resolution, HR 254, proclaiming May 2007 as Pennsylvania Hepatitis Awareness Month. Representatives Kathy Watson and Mario Scavello co-sponsored this important resolution that recognizes the importance of screening, prevention and treatment for viral hepatitis. Read Resolution.

Entire Month of May (Honolulu, Hawaii) Free and low-cost Hepatitis B and C testing will be offered by the Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii.
Dr. Alan Tice's office each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 550 S. Beretania St., Room 400, Honolulu.
To schedule appointments outside these times - (808) 221-6204
To reach the Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii - (808) 373-3488

Friday May 4 (Doylestown, PA) from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm - First Friday in Doylestown will be sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation. This free community event will feature our liver mascot O’Liver, free literature, local bands and CBS 3 news anchor Larry Mendte. Learn about the fun activities planned for First Friday in Doylestown today! For more information, email the HBF at info@hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.

Wednesday May 9 (Online Webcast) from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
“The Changing Epidemiology of the Hepatitis B Virus," featuring Dr. Stanley Martin Cohen, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Hepatology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, who will speak about the changing distribution patterns of HBV. This free course is offered by Abbott Diagnostics in collaboration with the Hepatitis B Foundation. 1 CEU credit will be offered. Free Online Registration.

Saturday May 12 (Einstein at Elkins Park, PA) from 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Free hepatitis B educational program for Philadelphia's Korean and Korean American Community is offered by the Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Delaware Chapter of the American Liver Foundation (ALF).
The program will be conducted in English with Korean interpreters and a Korean lunch will be served after the program. There is no fee, but for more information or to register, call the ALF (610) 668-0152 or email delaware.valley.chapter@liverfoundation.org

B Sure, B Tested, B Free.
Asian Week - San Francisco, CA
Free hepatitis B testing will once again be available at the Asian Week Foundation's annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration at Howard and 5th Streets, San Francisco.

Tuesday May 29 is World Digestive Health Day 2007 - The World Gastroenterology Organisation is coordinating activities on viral hepatitis for World Digestive Health Day. A total of 400 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus, and about half that number are chronically infected with hepatitis C. Together, these viruses are responsible for the majority of hepatocellular carcinoma cases, the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Information on planned activities and a sampling of activities from around the globe can be viewed at World Digestive Health Day 2007.

Visit the following organizations to learn more about Hepatitis Programs in the U.S.:

American Liver Foundation
Hepatitis Foundation International
HepTREC
Immunization Action Coalition, Hepatitis Programs
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
National Task Force on Hepatitis B

We invite any organization to contact us about what they are doing for May Hepatitis Awareness Month.


 

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