Hep Free NYC Awareness Event
Wednesday May 10, 2017
Steps of City Hall, NYC
On May 10, 2017, a diverse group of viral hepatitis advocates gathered at the steps of City Hall today to raise awareness about the “silent epidemic” of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and to promote community testing events across the city. The event took place to commemorate National Hepatitis Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of May each year, also coinciding with National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15th) and National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19th).
Speakers included the NYC Health Department’s Acting Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control Demetre Daskalakis, Councilmember Member Corey Johnson, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Hepatitis C Survivor Khalil Islam, members of the HOPE and Team HBV student initiatives, Bethsy Morales of the Hispanic Federation, and Daniel Leyva of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Representatives and advocates from affected communities including city officials, patients, health workers, community workers, friends and families shared their stories today in hopes of encouraging action among New Yorkers to get tested and to demand better access to prevention and treatment.
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