& Human Services released Combating
the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care
& treatment of Viral Hepatitis. The plan calls for a national
campaign to educate people about viral hepatitis and encourage people to get
tested. As part of the educational initiative, May 19th has been designated as
a national “Hepatitis Testing Day” in the United States.
The CDC will use the second annual
Hepatitis testing Day on May 19, 2013 as an opportunity to remind health care
providers and the public who should be tested for chronic viral hepatitis.
Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis; most of them do not know they are
infected. Thus, the CDC has established a quick five minute self- assessment
tool for any patient who wants to determine their risk for hepatitis infection.