Hepatitis Awareness Month
05-11-2006 05:38 PM
Hepatitis Awareness Month
The American Liver Foundation Kicks Off Hepatitis Awareness Month by Urging Americans to Get Tested and Get Treated
NEW YORK, May 10, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- An estimated one-third of the U.S. population becomes infected with hepatitis A during their lifetime, 1.4 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B, and approximately 4 million Americans have been infected with hepatitis C. The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is raising awareness about the risks associated with hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month (observed annually in May) to promote testing and encourage people with hepatitis to get treated now.
Why does hepatitis alarm public-health officials? In the case of hepatitis C, the most common type of hepatitis in the United States, patients who are not treated can develop liver disease, including cirrhosis and cancer; hepatitis C is also the leading cause of liver transplants. There's no vaccine available for hepatitis C, and many people with the disease are unaware that they are infected and have not sought treatment.
"It's important for patients who even think they might be infected to speak to their doctors about being tested and treated as soon as possible for hepatitis C in order to preserve liver health," said Dr. Douglas Dieterich, Professor of Medicine Division of Liver Diseases, Director of CME Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "Some patients with hepatitis C may be waiting for the next generation of treatments, not knowing that new drugs are still many years away and that the disease can become a serious threat to their health in as little as five years."
It is estimated that less than 30 percent of Americans with hepatitis C are aware they carry the viral infection. Screening for the disease involves a simple blood test that detects the presence of hepatitis C antibodies.
"Hepatitis C is four times more prevalent than AIDS. Many people are walking around with the disease, some for 10 or 20 years, without even knowing they have it and losing time when they could be treated successfully," said Frederick Thompson, President and CEO of the American Liver Foundation. "Hepatitis Awareness Month gives us a chance to remind at-risk individuals to be tested and seek treatment right away, helping to prevent further damage to the liver."
If you believe you may be at risk for hepatitis C or would like more information, please call the American Liver Foundation at 800.GO.LIVER (465-4837) or visit http://www.liverfoundation.org.
More About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is transmitted through body fluids, primarily blood or blood products, and by sharing needles. People at risk for contracting hepatitis C are injection drug or intranasal cocaine users, those who received a blood transfusion prior to 1992, health or public safety workers who have been accidentally stuck by a needle and those who have tattoos or body piercings. Vietnam veterans are also at high risk.
About the American Liver Foundation
ALF has 25 chapter offices nationwide. It provides educational workshops and seminars, runs support groups, works with the media to increase the awareness of hepatitis and other liver diseases, and meets with local, state and federal policy makers to affect positive change. ALF supports research primarily in two ways: first, by advocating federal policy makers to secure increases in government funding for liver disease; and second, by directly funding young scientists in order to attract them to the lifelong study of liver disease and patient care. ALF sponsors numerous fundraising events and campaigns to support all of these efforts.
SOURCE The American Liver Foundation
CONTACT: Sarah Spielvogel of Manning Selvage & Lee, +1-212-468-4312,
Sarah.Spielvogel@mslpr.com, for American Liver Foundation; or Lenore Neier of
American Liver Foundation, +1-212-668-1000 x137, LNeier@liverfoundation.org
05-11-2006 07:06 PM
Yari Ka Daw!
why don't people go and get the twinrix shot?
05-12-2006 02:55 AM
I got Hep A vaccinated about 5 years back.
05-12-2006 02:38 PM
Yari Ka Daw!
why not get the hep b shot bio? It's very common. I trained a guy at work one day. Shared hats, smoke from the same cigarette, drank from the same water(this is all by mistake). Than a few days later I am sitting eating with the guy and someone mentioned that he has hepatitis B. Wow I was paranoid for months. I didn't get it but I was very fortunate, I would of never known he had it. It was too close for comfort so I am getting the twinrex for A+B since I am going to South America. Don't need my liver to be replaced when I'm 40.
05-12-2006 03:43 PM
Well, in the USA the standard recommendation is to NOT give the Hep shots to adults unless they fall into a high-risk category or are traveling to countries where infection is a high risk. This is annoying but I'm sure there is a public policy benefit-cost analysis to justify it.
05-12-2006 06:04 PM
It might have been an A-B shot, can't remember. I did get it for travel to Mexico. That's one nasty bug you do not want if you can avoid it.
05-14-2006 10:05 PM
Yari Ka Daw!
Bio, I think it's perminent. Once you get it you can't get rid of it. Most likely you got the Hep A+B shots since you went to Mexio, they're VERY common down there. If your not sure get a blood test to see if you recieved both.
Yeah right, In Canada you can get them whenever. That's retarded if that's the policy on getting those shots. Say your going to Travel to South America to visit family so you would like to take the shots. Here in Canada it's 75 bucks per shot. Plus if I don't live in the district or residence I have to pay a 25 dollar fee so it comes out to 100 bucks per shot, so lets say 82 bucks american. On top of that you need to get it 3 times. Get the first shot..... then wait a month and get a second shot, then come back 6 months later and get the final shot and your immune to Hep a+b for life. Thats a 300 dollar investment(260 american) to save your liver, I think thats a fair price.
05-14-2006 10:18 PM
Originally Posted by AlexParty
I don't disagree. They're giving them to my kids as part of the normal vaccination scheme. I asked if I could have them and the Doc said they only give them to adults who are at high risk or who are visiting high-risk areas. I was thinking of lying and telling them that I'm going on a trip to some jungle hellhole, LOL. I even looked up the state department travel advisories to see what shots were recommended for what countries.
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