Grass Valley declares May ‘Hepatitis Awareness Month’
May 20, 2013
Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller and the city council have declared the month of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day, urging the citizens of Grass Valley who are at risk to be tested for viral hepatitis.
Hepatitis C is the most common blood borne virus in the U.S., and more people die from it than from HIV. The majority of people who have hepatitis C are Baby Boomers born between 1945 and 1965. Hepatitis C can go undetected for decades, and as Boomers age, the damage progresses more rapidly.
Nearly 75 percent of those with hepatitis C do not know they have it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a single hepatitis C test for everyone born between 1945 and 1965.
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