Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. These diseases affect millions of people worldwide, causing acute illness, as well as chronic – and sometimes fatal – liver disease. An estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) or chronic hepatitis C (HCV). About 90% of these persons are unaware they are infected. In the U.S., an estimated 850,000 to 2.2 million people are living with chronic HBV, and 2.7 to 3.9 million people are living with chronic HCV.
Globally, viral hepatitis causes more than one million deaths each year – a number comparable to deaths from tuberculosis (TB) and HIV combined. And while deaths from TB and HIV have been decreasing in recent years, deaths from viral hepatitis are rising.
World Hepatitis Day (July 28) is one of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). World Hepatitis Day unites patient organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, civil society, industry, and the general public to raise the global profile of viral hepatitis.
To help you, your patients or clients, and at-risk communities prepare for and mark the day, we’ve compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on viral hepatitis, with particular emphasis on HBV and HCV.
Background and Statistics from CDC
Information Specifically About Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B – Global Epidemic (World Health Organization)
Hepatitis B (MedlinePlus)
What Is Hepatitis B? (Hepatitis B Foundation)
Hepatitis B (Avert)
Blood Safety Basics (CDC) – includes information about screening blood for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other disease organisms
Hepatitis B Vaccination (Hepatitis B Foundation)
Hepatitis B Treatment Options (Hepatitis B Foundation)
Information Specifically About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C – Global Epidemic (World Health Organization)
Easy C’s – easy-to-read fact sheet series about hepatitis C (HCV Advocate)
Hepatitis C – Why People Born from 1945-1965 Should Get Tested (CDC); also available in Spanish
Managing HCV Guides (HCV Advocate)
HCV Treatment-Related Guides (HCV Advocate)