Learn the importance of hepatitis testing on Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19

Mon May 18, 2015

The DuPage County Health Department is joining health departments throughout the United States to observe May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day and remind residents about the importance of being tested for viral hepatitis.

Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. Hepatitis Testing Day is an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for viral hepatitis.

Four things you should know about hepatitis:

  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are all different diseases.  Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways.  Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick.  Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections and lead to serious health problems.
  • g cause of liver cancer.Chronic hepatitis can cause serious damage to the liver, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
  • Most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected.More than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis in the United States, but most do not know they are infected.  Many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms or feeling sick.
  • Getting tested could save your life. Lifesaving care and treatments are available for chronic hepatitis, but getting tested is the only way to know if you are infected. 


For additional "Hepatitis Information for the Public," visit: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/PublicInfo.htm