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Join a Rally in Washington, D.C., on May 19 to Call for Hepatitis Program Funding

April 30, 2010

Did You Know?

  • One-third of Americans living with HIV are also co-infected with hepatitis C virus and up to 10% of HIV-positive Americans may also be co-infected with the hepatitis B virus.
  • Complications resulting from viral hepatitis are a leading cause of death for people with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
  • There is no federal funding to provide core public health services for viral hepatitis including hepatitis B and C counseling, testing, surveillance and medical referral.
  • There is no dedicated federal funding for care and treatment of viral hepatitis for people living with HBV, HCV, and people living with HIV/hepatitis coinfections.

We will be silent no more!

Join members of Congress, physicians, advocates, and most importantly, people living with hepatitis B and C in Washington, D.C., on May 19 as we rally to demand that Congress fully fund hepatitis programs in the United States!

We hope you can make every effort to be part of this historic and important action. To register for the rally, share your story, find out about travel and busing information find please visit

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This article was provided by Treatment Action Group.
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Erin (Richmond, Indiana) Wed., May. 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm UTC
I completely agree we need more services for Hepatitis C. I am a counseling, tester and referral person. I do not only HIV but Hepatitis C/Syphilis testing. I have had huge numbers of Hepatitis C positive as my program here in Indiana targets IDU's. Heroin and opiate abuse has become so prevalent here. There is no duty to warn someone you share with of your Hep C status as there is for HIV. It is just as deadly when left untreated because so many are chronic. We can't stop HIV or Hep C in the drug using community without programs, education,testing and referral to medical care and care coordination.
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