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Resources on Viral Hepatitis
Ryan Hicks, Staff, Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center

May 2011

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV infection sometimes results in an acute illness, but most often becomes a chronic condition that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. There is an estimated 4.4 million people in the United States living with chronic hepatitis and there are 80, 000 new infections every year. In Wisconsin, there were 2455 new cases of HCV reported in 2009. Currently, there is no vaccine for the hepatitis C virus.

The collection of links below contain information on HCV, including statistics, prevention and resources for persons living with HCV.

CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis
The CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis website contains statistics, a resource center, training materials, and other publications on viral hepatitis. There is a special section devoted to Hepatitis Awareness Month (during May).
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm

 

 

The following are additional CDC HCV information resources:

CDC Hepatitis Awareness Month
Special section on Hepatitis Awareness Month.
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HepAwarenessMonth.htm

CDC en Espanol - Hepatitis
Facts in Spanish regarding hepatitis A, B, and C.
http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/enfermedades/hepatitis

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Hepatitis C Program control section has information and resources prevention, detection and treatment of hepatitis C.
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/hepatitis/

HCV Advocate
The HCV Advocate website has a number of indispensable resources for people who are living with chronic hepatitis. There are sections devoted to the newly diagnosed, patient education, a medical glossary, fact sheets, a monthly newsletter and more.
http://www.hcvadvocate.org/

American Liver Foundation
Clinical trials information, research, education, and advocacy; addresses different risk groups, treatment strategies, and prevention basics; links to resources in other languages.
http://www.liverfoundation.org

Hepatitis Information
This web page provides hepatitis-related fact sheets, news releases, and other links. Provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/hepatitis/hepatitisc/Pages/Default.aspx

Hepatitis C - An Epidemic for Anyone
Informative site from the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College, founded by former US Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop.
http://www.epidemic.org

Hepatitis C Home Test Kits
Official web site of the only FDA approved home hepatitis C testing kit.
http://www.homeaccess.com/Hepatitis_C_Test.asp

Hepatitis Foundation International
The Hepatitis Foundation International's (HFI) mission is dedicated to the eradication of viral hepatitis through education, prevention, advocacy, and supporting research. Information on this site covers hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment, news and research.
http://www.hepfi.org

What I Need to Know About Hepatitis C (EASY-TO-READ)
Very basic, easy-to-read fact sheet on hepatitis C, provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) through the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepc_ez/index.htm

 

To find Hepatitis-related services near you, call the Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center at (800) 334-2437. For Hepatitis-related services outside of Wisconsin, call CDC Info at (800) 232-4636.

 

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