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Liver Lowdown

Welcome to the May 2015 Liver Lowdown. Click on the links below and check out our featured stories for the month!

Focus on Hepatitis B

With new and highly effective treatments for hepatitis C dominating the news, it is can be easy to overlook the “other” hepatitis that poses a significant threat,hepatitis B(HBV).

HBV disproportionately affects Asian Americans and is especially common in Asian and Pacific Island countries. While Asian Americans make up about 5% of the total U.S. population, they account for half of the 2.2 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis B. In fact, one in 12 Asian Americans has hepatitis B. The CDC has recently launched the third phase of their Know Hepatitis B campaign designed to promote HBV testing among Asian Americans. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, visit the CDC’s campaign page.

In the News

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that veterans in their health system with hepatitis C will receive treatment, regardless of disease stage, a vast improvement over the previous policy that only provided treatment to individuals with advanced liver disease. We hope this change in policy will be the first such increase in access for patients living with hepatitis C. Click here for more information.

10,000 People to be Screened for HCV

Approximately 10,000 low-income Chicago residents will be screened for hepatitis C (HCV) at no cost over the next 12 months. As part of a Gilead Sciences FOCUS grant, American Liver Foundation’s Great Lakes Division will partner with Brothers Health Collective (BHC) and Making a Daily Effort (MADE) to reach those at greatest HCV risk.

The Public Health Problem of Hep B and C

Viral Hepatitis is a leading cause of death worldwide, with Hepatitis B and C being the most common forms, leading to more than 20,000 fatalities annually in the US alone. Learn more about why a comprehensive new report from experts in multiple agencies expresses hope that both viruses could be rare diseases someday soon. Access the full report here.

You Can End Hepatitis

Did you know that you can help support research on viral hepatitis or autoimmune hepatitis? Consider a gift of $10 or $25 to help researchers develop better treatments and find a cures. When we all give a little, our impact can be great. Just click on the word viral hepatitis or autoimmune hepatitis to donate to the research fund of your choice . If you are interested in making a contribution to name a research award in honor of a person or business, please contact Erika Goodman, National Director of Development, at 646-737-9405 or

Run Disney with Us!

Join the American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge September 4, 2016 for the Disneyland® Half Marathon Presented by Cigna®! The 1/2 marathon will bring you miles of smiles, memories, and a magical experience. Space is limited, apply today!

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