Official launching of the National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day at the steps of the City Hall in New York City.
The Latino Commission on AIDS and community partners will coordinate
awareness and educational events promoting National Hispanic Hepatitis
Awareness Day on May 15. The theme this year is “Let’s Talk about
Hepatitis/Hablemos sobre la Hepatitis.” Cities and States throughout the
nation will promote and organize events to make visible the tremendous
impact of Hepatitis on Hispanic communities and the urgent need to
develop awareness, promote testing for viral Hepatitis and address the
stigma, invisibility and discrimination associated with Hepatitis.
“Despite the fact that approximately 15,000 persons die from liver
cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis, as many
as 75 percent of people living with chronic viral hepatitis don’t know
they are infected. We must multiply our efforts to bring awareness to
our communities, so more people will test for Hepatitis, can access life
saving care and treatment for this condition” stated Guillermo Chacon,
President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.