SAVE THE DATE
World Hepatitis Day July 28, 2016
DENVER — No-cost, no-appointment hepatitis C testing will be offered July 28 for people who may be at risk for the blood-borne virus which infects people of all walks of life but most especially baby boomers.
Most people who have chronic hepatitis C don’t know it. Of those, 75 percent were born between 1945-1965. Those ages 50-59 reported the highest number of chronic hepatitis C, based on the state’s Hepatitis C in Colorado 2014 Surveillance Report.
Liver Health Connection, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and other concerned groups are getting together for World Hepatitis Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Denver’s Skyline Park.
All are invited to recognize World Hepatitis Day and join in fun and games while learning about hepatitis in all its destructive forms. Viral hepatitis is one of the world’s most pressing health concerns.
The World Health Organization reports “hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) are the leading cause of liver cancer in the world, accounting for 78 percent of cases. Nearly one out of every three people in the world (approximately 2 billion) has been infected by HBV, and one in 12 live with chronic HBV or HCV infection.”
This year the World Hepatitis Alliance, a division of the World Health Organization, will launch NOhep 2030, a global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. At the 2016 World Health Assembly, 194 Member States made an historic commitment to adopt a global strategic plan targeting viral hepatitis. Denver-based Liver Health Connection, one of the nation’s top hepatitis advocacy groups, is working closely with World Hepatitis Alliance to support NOhep 2030 in Colorado and throughout the United States.
When: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016
Where: Skyline Park at 16th Street & Arapahoe, Denver, CO
Helpful Viral Hepatitis Links:
Liver Health Connection
Hepatitis quick facts: http://www.liverhealthconnection.org/#!hepatitis/t9r8m
Colorado Department of Health and Environment
Hepatitis information: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/hepatitis
Colorado data: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/hepatitis-data
World Hepatitis Alliance
NOhep 2030 official website: http://NOhep.org
World Hepatitis Alliance: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/
Media Center: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/
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