Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Don’t Be 1 in 12

One of the beauties of the Internet is its ability to spread PSAs. I'm using my blog that way today.

One in 12 – that’s a rather sobering statistic. It’s the number of people worldwide living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. And it’s one too many. Consider:

• These two viruses together kill approximately 1 million people a year.
• About 500 million people around the world are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C. (Or, a number of people equivalent to the population of New York City – times 55.)
• One in three people have been exposed to one or both viruses.

Today is World Hepatitis Day. Are you number 12? It’s a very scary question, especially if the answer is “yes.” You can find out more about these viruses that attack the liver here.

Be sure to check out this blog and consider supporting this cause on your site today. Don't be Number 12.