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What every woman needs to know about hepatitis B and C

This webinar highlights the importance of our liver and the 500 vital functions it performs, viral hepatitis and how this disease can damage the liver; and the good news — that a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B, treatments for hepatitis B and C, and a cure for hepatitis C — are available!!

The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and the Office of Women's Health (OWH) hosted a webinar with the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of viral hepatitis and its impact on women, especially among OWH grantees;
  • Encourage OWH grantees and others to share viral hepatitis information with their communities; and
  • Provide a woman's personal perspective on being diagnosed with and treated for hepatitis C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Women's Health and Director of the Office of Women's Health, Dr. Nancy Lee highlighted the critical issue that most people who are chronically infected with viral hepatitis are unaware of their infection.  Fortunately we have tools to address the epidemic: a safe and effective vaccine for hepatitis B, accurate blood tests for hepatitis B and C, as well as treatment.  In a Call to Action, Dr. Lee urged participants and others to help spread the word and to identify opportunities to collaborate and partner to share information.

Andi Thomas, President of HealthPro and Founding Partner of The Support Partnership shared her personal experience with hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment.

Presenters discussed:

  • How hepatitis is spread,
  • Who is at risk,
  • Who should be tested,
  • The importance of testing for hepatitis B during pregnancy and how to prevent mother-to-child transmission,
  • Hepatitis B vaccines for newborns,
  • The National Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, and
  • How you can be a hepatitis advocate in your community.

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Nancy Lee

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Women's Health
Director, Office of Women's Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

Presenters:

Ledia Martinez, MD, MPH

Regional Women's Health Liaison
Office on Women's Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Corinna Dan, RN, MPH

Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Christopher Bates, MPA

Senior Advisor (subsequently retired)
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Andi Thomas

President: HealthPro
Founding Partner: The Support Partnership

For more information:

Viral hepatitis fact sheet

http://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/

www.aids.gov/hepatitis/

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/riskassessment/

Hepatitis Hotline:
877-HELP 4 HEP (435-7443)
Website: www.help4hep.org

Public Service Announcement from HepBMoms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElznIQX88nA

Content last updated: May 09, 2014.

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