On July 28, we observe World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness about viral hepatitis. This year’s theme focuses on the millions of people who have contracted viral hepatitis that have no knowledge of being infected.
In the U.S., the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 3.5 million chronic cases of Hepatitis C in the U.S. Due to the impact of the Hepatitis virus on racial and ethnic minority communities, the Mapping Hepatitis Elimination in Action tool was created to track the growing number of hepatitis elimination projects that have been established in the United States and help connect and raise awareness of nationwide initiatives. These projects implement the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan’s call for more coordinated and collaborative efforts aimed at elimination. Stakeholders from the state level, local jurisdictions, health systems, and non-governmental organizations are leading and engaging in these efforts across a variety of settings. To learn more or to download campaign materials and resources, visit the World Hepatitis Day website.