National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day has officially launched the
unveiling of its website, www.hispanichepatitisday.org. The
website holds a wealth of resources ranging from information on
Hispanics/Latinos and viral hepatitis to tools on how to engage
Hispanic/Latino communities on a range of events, including hepatitis C
testing. The Hispanic Hepatitis Day campaign works annually at building
capacity for non-profit organizations, service providers and health
departments in order to reach Hispanic/Latino communities, promote
screening and testing, provide viral hepatitis education, and connect
people to care.
The Hispanic Hepatitis Day will take place annually on May 15, during
National Hepatitis Awareness Month. This years theme Lets Talk
speaks to the critical role of raising
awareness around viral hepatitis, especially screening and testing, due
to the late testing realities faced by Hispanic/Latino communities. Data
shows that Hispanics/Latinos progress to cirrhosis faster and have
higher cirrhosis mortality rates than non-Hispanic Blacks and Whites.
Research also shows that Latinos have a 40% increased chance of being
infected with hepatitis C as compared to the general population.
You can obtain more information about hepatitis testing or find a
testing location near you by calling the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636
or by visiting www.hispanichepatitisday.org.
For more information on National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day,
please visit www.hispanichepatitisday.org
or contact Bethsy Morales-Reid, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS
The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit membership
organization founded in 1990 dedicated to addressing the health
challenges and addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS. The Commission is the
leading national Latino AIDS organization coordinating National Hispanic
Hepatitis Awareness Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and other
prevention, research, capacity building and advocacy programs across the
United States and its territories.