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American Liver Foundation
39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, New York 10006
>American Liver Foundation Joins National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day – May 15, 2012
Nearly 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially serious disease that can damage the liver over time. Of those, an estimated one million are Hispanic- Americans. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and may lead to end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Many people infected with chronic hepatitis C do not know they have the disease – approximately 70 to 80 percent of people newly infected with the virus do not have symptoms.
Recently the American Liver Foundation has increased its education outreach to the Hispanic community with additional materials in English/Spanish along with Spanish being an option for callers to the National Helpline (800-GO LIVER). In addition, its signature core community training for people living with hepatitis C is now available in Spanish as well as English.
However, the greatest barrier to successful treatment of hepatitis C is raising awareness among the Hispanic community and having people talk to their doctors about testing and treatment. The National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day will greatly assist in moving more people to learn about hepatitis and to improve their health.