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Hepatitis Awareness: Bringing Attention to a Silent Epidemic
Date:5/22/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Viral hepatitis is an asymptomatic disease affecting more than 5.3 million Americans. More than 75 percent of those with hepatitis C are unaware they have the virus.

Hepatitis B and C Testing and Awareness Day in the U.S. House of Representatives will take place at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) is pleased to participate with the Congressional Hepatitis Caucus, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the Community Education Group, Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC, Caring Ambassadors Program, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, the Association of Chinese American Physicians, and private industry to provide testing for hepatitis B and C.  

In May 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released "Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis." The plan runs through 2013, and AASLD -- the leading organization of scientists and healthcare professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease -- welcomes the HHS announcement that it intends to update and renew the plan for 2014-2016.

Access to care and support of liver disease research are at the center of AASLD's advocacy efforts and Hepatitis Awareness Month and hepatitis testing events are necessary to make Americans aware that they can now be tested and treated for hepatitis C.

Research in the area of hepatitis C has led to FDA approval of two direct acting antiviral drugs for the treatment of hepatitis C, and numerous other direct acting antiviral drugs are in the development pipeline. AASLD looks forward to -- and its members work di
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