Hepatitis Awareness Month Weekly Message 3

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Dear Colleagues:

During this third week of Hepatitis Awareness Month and in preparation for the first-ever observance of Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2012, our Federal partners continued to lend support to the public, patient and provider education efforts called for in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan with the release of these new messages and tools:

  • Blog Post – Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen and I coauthored a blog post about Hepatitis Testing Day, sharing resources with readers. The post was promoted on Facebook and Twitter where it received favorable responses.
  • Web Buttons/Badges to Promote the Online Screening Tool – CDC released a number of web buttons and badges (scroll down page) that can be added to your website to connect visitors to the new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment tool. Please consider adding one of these to appropriate page(s) on your website. They will be helpful tools on your websites long after Hepatitis Awareness Month is over.
  • Know More Hepatitis Campaign – CDC launched the website for its Know More Hepatitis campaign. This campaign seeks to increase awareness and encourage testing for people who may be chronically infected with hepatitis C and offers a variety of tools and resources for use by partners.
  • Twitter – Finally, today, May 17th at 12:00 PM EST Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health (@HHS_DrKoh), joins a live Twitterview with Dr. Kevin Fenton, the Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (@CDC_DrFenton), and @CDCNPIN. They will be discussing this week’s observance of the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day, available resources, and the new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment tool.
  • Please consider sharing the messages and tools above with your colleagues, grantees, providers and other networks to extend the reach of these messages and tools still further.

    Thank you for all of your assistance in ensuring widespread dissemination of these messages and tools.


    Ronald O. Valdiserri, MD, MPH
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases
    Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy