May 19 is the sixth annual National Hepatitis C Testing Day, a part of Hepatitis C Awareness Month. According to the CDC, many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms and may be unaware of having the infection. The CDC encourages health care providers to educate patients about HCV and viral hepatitis testing.
In 2016, The White House hosted an observation on May 19, during which President Barack Obama issued a proclamation recognizing National Hepatitis Testing Day, according to a report from the HHS.
In the proclamation, the president stated, “On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to ensuring all people with viral hepatitis know their infection status and have access to necessary care and resources. Let us honor those we have lost too soon, and let us recognize the many individuals working tirelessly to address this disease, develop treatments, and save lives.”
Healio.com/Hepatology recently covered several studies and industry developments on hepatitis testing from International Liver Congress, Digestive Disease Week and journal publications.