Please tell your Representative that viral hepatitis is important to YOU, and ask for support of the President’s proposed FY16 budget increase for the Division of Viral Hepatitis, CDC. Increased funding is essential to support HBV and HCV programs. You don’t have to be politically savvy to participate, but we need your help. Call, email or write today!
Representatives Mike Honda, Hank Johnson, and Judy Chu are asking all House Representatives to sign an important letter supporting a doubling in funding for hepatitis B and C programs in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill (see text of letter below). This is the same increase in funding that President Obama recommends in his proposed budget, which was released last month. The deadline for Representatives to sign the letter is end of day, March 19, 2015.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to ask our House Representatives for leadership in the fight against the hepatitis B and C epidemics. The more signatures on this letter, the better chance of securing badly needed funding to expand testing, linkage to care, surveillance, and other vital services.
You can’t neatly package and control everything, but you can use good judgment and not over react when thinking about hepatitis B transmission. Hep B is not casually transmitted, but you know yourself, and both infected and uninfected individuals can take simple precautions. If you don’t have hepatitis B and you are sexually active, make sure you are vaccinated. If you have hep B, encourage your partners to get vaccinated. If you’re not in a monogamous relationship and/or one partner has not completed the hepatitis B vaccine series, use a condom!
HBF is pleased to connect our blog readers to Christine Kukka’s monthly HBV Journal Review that she writes for the HBV Advocate. The journal presents the latest in hepatitis B research, treatment, and prevention from recent academic and medical journals. This month, the following topics are explored:
Cholesterol and Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Markedly Lower Cancer Risk in Hepatitis B Patients
Hepatitis B Increases Risk of Stomach Cancer
Unsafe Injections Caused 1.7 Million HBV Infections Worldwide in 2010
New Guidelines Require Doctors to Screen for Hepatitis B Before Starting Chemotherapy
Computer Reminders Effective at Prompting Doctors to Screen for HBV Before Starting Chemotherapy
Study Finds Getting Frequent Cancer Screenings Saves Lives
Use of Radio Waves to Destroy Small Liver Tumors as Effective as Surgery
Interferon Increases Thyroid Disease in Hepatitis B and C Patients
Smoking Impairs Recovery from Hepatitis B and the Effectiveness of Immunization
Hepatitis B Immunization Coverage Declined 2.1% in 2013