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Thursday, May 15, 2014

What Every Women Needs to Know about Hepatitis B and C

As we observe both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is the opportune time to raise awareness about hepatitis B and hepatitis C among women. Chronic viral hepatitis affects 3.5-5.3 million Americans—including millions of women—and most are unaware of their infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to liver disease, liver cancer, and liver failure.

However, there are steps that every woman can take to avoid these dangerous outcomes. We share this information in a newly available archive of a webinar, What Every Woman Needs to Know about Hepatitis B and C, which the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) hosted in partnership with the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH), one of the 20 federal departments, agencies and offices partnering to pursue the goals of the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. The webinar was designed to share important health information about this often overlooked and misunderstood health issue and to help women better understand viral hepatitis and what they should do to help themselves and their families stay healthy.

- See more at: http://blog.aids.gov/2014/05/what-every-women-needs-to-know-about-hepatitis-b-and-c.html#sthash.buVR82o5.dpuf

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