First National Hepatitis B
May 9-16, 2005
For the first time, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution designating May 9-16, 2005, as “National Hepatitis B Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for Americans to observe the week with programs and activities to raise awareness about hepatitis B as an important public health concern. It also seeks to highlight the potentially life-threatening consequences of chronic hepatitis B and the urgency to seek appropriate care.
The historic bi-partisan resolution, which was passed by Congress on May 4, 2005, was co-sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (Ca.) and Rick Santorum (Pa.) in the Senate, and by Representatives Tim Murphy (Pa.) and Mike Honda (Ca.) in the House.
“Hepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection in the world,” said Senator Santorum. “This resolution for a National Hepatitis B Awareness Week will offer opportunities in Pennsylvania and across the country to educate the public about new treatments to prevent the transmission of this disease and its progression to liver cancer.”
The resolution specifically recognizes the need for a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign for patients and physicians in order to help increase the length and quality of life those diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B.
The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to have played a role in this landmark resolution that recognizes hepatitis B awareness and education as a national priority. Read the Full Resolution.