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Learn more about a hidden illness during May

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the U.S., and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, let’s shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging each other to get tested.

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections that can lead to liver cancer. Millions are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected.

The CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis is leading a national campaign called Know More Hepatitis. The campaign aims to increase awareness about this hidden epidemic and encourage people born from 1945-1965 to get tested for Hepatitis C.

The division is also coordinating with community partners to promote testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through the multilingual Know Hepatitis B campaign. More than one million Americans have chronic hepatitis B – a disease that can lead to serious liver problems, including liver cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend people at risk get tested for hepatitis B. Talk to your doctor about getting tested – it could save your life.

Visit your Wabanaki Health Center or cdc.gov for more information.

Source: CDC.