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NVHR Offers Congressman Hank Johnson Support & Encouragement as He Battles Chronic Hepatitis C Virus
Date:12/7/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With today's forthright and valiant announcement by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) that he is undergoing treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) wishes to offer Congressman Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, and his entire family and staff our unwavering support as he works towards a cure.

Congressman Hank Johnson is believed to be the first sitting Member of Congress to acknowledge he is afflicted with chronic hepatitis C virus.

The NVHR is a coalition of more than 150 public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from viral hepatitis in the U.S. through strategic planning, leadership, coordination, advocacy, and research. www.nvhr.org

"NVHR and the entire viral hepatitis community offer Congressman Johnson our support and encouragement as he battles chronic hepatitis C virus," said NVHR Chair Lorren Sandt. "In choosing to disclose his condition, Congressman Johnson is helping to propel chronic viral hepatitis to the forefront of our nation's public-health agenda. We are hopeful that Congressman Johnson's announcement will help spur greater awareness about the need for increased prevention, detection, and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis B and C."

In light of this announcement, the NVHR encourages the American people to use it as an opportunity to learn more about the need to address the urgent public health crisis of chronic viral hepatitis B and C infection and to recognize that viral hepatitis is treatable. Hepatitis B is well managed with medications and more than 50 percent of hepatitis C patients are cured with anti-viral therapies. Bipartisan legislation was recently introduced in Congress by Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Charles Dent (R-Pa.) that would in
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