National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day
National Hispanic Hep Awareness Day is held on May 15. It is the one day we set aside to push forward with the commitment to bring awareness of hepatitis and engage Hispanic communities in a strong and fruitful response to a preventable viral hepatitis epidemic.
Recent surveillance data from 2013-2016 revealed that 4% of the chronic hepatitis C cases that were reported were among Hispanics/Latinos. This is particularly concerning given the high rates of deaths related to hepatitis C among the Hispanic population. According to the Office of Minority Health, in comparison to whites, Hispanics are 60% more likely to die from viral hepatitis. Even more concerning, in 2015 Hispanics were 50% more likely to die from hepatitis C even though they had lower rates.
Because of social and economic issues, including the lack of access to care, Latinos also have a more rapid build-up of liver scarring than non-Hispanic whites. For example, Puerto Ricans with hepatitis C advance towards cirrhosis at a younger age than other populations.
Stay tuned for National Hispanic Hep Awareness Day event announcements.
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