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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!

World Hepatitis Day Message from President Obama
May 19 – “I extend my warmest greetings to all those recognizing World Hepatitis Day. Your commitment to public health is evident in your ongoing work to raise awareness and take action against this life-threatening illness.”  Read Full Message

HBF Sponsors Congressional Briefing May 19 on World Hepatitis Day
Congressmen Mike Honda (CA-D) and Charles Dent (PA-R) will host the HBF’s Congressional Briefing to focus national attention on the 6 million Americans who suffer from chronic HBV and HCV, which cause fatal liver cancer. Leaders from CDC, NCI and Weill-Cornell Medical School will provide expert testimony. Read Press Release.

HBF Launches Patient Education Group in Philadelphia’s Chinatown on May 19
The HBF will offer free HBV patient education and support sessions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the AmeriChoice building located in the heart of Chinatown. Contact Us for more information in English or Chinese. Read Press Release.

HBF Sponsors First Friday Doylestown on May 1 in recognition of May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month
For the fourth consecutive year, the Hepatitis B Foundation is sponsoring May's First Friday Doylestown in support of May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month. This free community event features the HBF mascot O’Liver, free literature, local bands and NBC 10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman

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