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. Globally, more than 325 million people are living with hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The vast majority of these persons – 90% of those with HBV and 81% of those with HCV – are unaware they are infected. The organization estimates that viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.3 million deaths each year worldwide.
WHO is calling on all countries to work together to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2020 is “Hepatitis-Free Future,” with a strong focus on preventing HBV infection among mothers and newborns. On 28 July, WHO plans to publish new recommendations on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HBV.
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.
Viral Hepatitis in the U.S. – Information from CDC
Blood Safety Basics – includes information about screening blood for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other disease organisms
Hepatitis B Information from Other Sources
Vaccine for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B Foundation)
What Is Hepatitis B? (Hepatitis B Foundation)
Hepatitis B [Global Epidemic] (World Health Organization)
Hepatitis B (MedlinePlus)
AASLD 2018 Hepatitis B Guidance (American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases)
Hepatitis B (American Liver Foundation)
Treatment Options for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B Foundation)
HIV and Hepatitis B (AIDSinfo)
Hepatitis C Information from Other Sources
HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C (American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Infectious Diseases Society of America)
Hepatitis C [Global Epidemic] (World Health Organization)
Hepatitis C (MedlinePlus)
Hepatitis C Information Center (American Liver Foundation)
HIV and Hepatitis C (AIDSinfo)