Improved Detection, Access To Medicines, Research Critical To Eliminating Viral Hepatitis As Public Health Threat

The Hill: Elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat possible
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.)

“…As we commemorate World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2016, we can commit to taking these three steps: First, make sure that people get tested for viral hepatitis so that we can detect it in our communities. Second, increase access to vaccines and treatments, and make them affordable for people of all incomes. Third, expand research to develop new cures. Currently, there is no cure for hepatitis B. Put simply — better detection, more vaccines and treatments, and new cures will save millions of lives. Like the Guinea worm, which once threatened millions of people in thousands of communities around the world, viral hepatitis can be eliminated as a public health threat. The only question is: do we have the will and determination to succeed?” (7/28).

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