Campaign Hep B: Stop Letting Americans Die of a Completely Preventable Disease
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Campaign Hep B: Stop Letting Americans Die of a Completely Preventable Disease

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      Team HBV

The Facts:
* Hepatitis B (HBV) is the leading cause of liver cancer.
* HBV and hepatitis C (HCV) are known as “silent killers” because there are usually no signs or symptoms until it is too late.
* 1 in 4 with HIV are also infected with HBV or HCV.
* 1 in 12 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans is infected with HBV, making it the largest health disparity facing API Americans.
* Left unmonitored, 1 in 4 with hepatitis B will die.
* Liver disease caused by viral hepatitis is a leading cause of death among those with HIV, and the 2nd leading cause of cancer death for API men.
[Facts taken from the Asian Liver Center and the CDC]

The Problem:
Unfortunately, there is an overall lack of education and awareness of the disease and ways to prevent HBV and HCV. Two-thirds of those infected with HBV don’t even realize it! We must ensure that community members, physicians and policy makers are aware of the devastating effects of untreated HBV, and address this issue nationally and globally. Prevention, care, and treatment not only save lives, but also reduce taxpayer burden and the astronomical costs of treating liver disease and liver cancer down the line.

We’re gaining momentum …
* The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) issued a statement supporting increased budget for viral hepatitis preventative measures.
* Congressman Michael Honda and Senator John Kerry proposed the Viral Hepatitis Screening Act in November, 2011, calling for a federally-funded core health service for viral hepatitis.
* The CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) launched a Know More Hepatitis campaign aimed at greater awareness for viral hepatitis.
* US Health and Human Services (HHS) created an Action Plan for the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis, which hopes to implement broad measures to address this issue in the next decade.

Yet we’re still falling short:
There is a huge budget disparity. In the U.S. in 2011, HIV/AIDS received more than $700 million from the CDC -- 40 times more than viral hepatitis. In 2012, viral hepatitis received only $25 million, and there is no guaranteed stable funding for next year. This is not to say that HIV should receive any less funding. In reality, the two are interlinked as viral hepatitis affects a broad spectrum of patients and groups.

President Obama has always been a strong advocate for health issues, including viral hepatitis. He issued a Proclamation for World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2011, and the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care for more than 30 million Americans, including Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Unfortunately, what is expressed in writing was not reflected in Obama’s fiscal budget for 2012. Obama’s Global Health Initiative proposes more than $60 billion, yet allocates not a penny toward viral hepatitis, despite increasing numbers of hepatitis B infection in the U.S. as a result of immigration. The domestic prevention budget is in danger of being cut. Tell the President to at least maintain the CDC’s funding for viral hepatitis, and to include viral hepatitis in the Global Health Initiative. With your support, America has the potential to lead the way in this global campaign against viral hepatitis, and even eradicate hepatitis B forever as it did smallpox.

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
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    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
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      Thank you CalHEP for featuring our petition in their April newsletter! We are grateful for all the support from our viral hepatitis alliance groups.

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    7. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      The most dangerous illness worldwide is Aids/HIV and must be prevented and stopped! An ex-tenant began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

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    • Kristie Yit HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      My father is a chronic Hep B carrier who has to deal with various medical issues and constant appointments. Seeing him having to deal with problems at his age and seeing my mom extensively taking care of him has made this problem really close to my heart.

      Hep B can easily be prevented but funding is necessary. We should do everything in our power to prevent others from having to suffer.

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    • Joshua Sung PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      TEAM HBV!!

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    • Dr john R. Phillips LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      I have hep c and am waiting for the new drugs to avoid interferon which can be horrible

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    • Jeannamarie Shepphard CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      The health and welfare of Americans dying of this disease

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