World Hepatitis Day and The Guinness World Record Event

/ 24/07/2012 /

What Is World Hepatitis Day?

World Hepatitis Day occurs on July 28 as a means to confront not only the disease but the stigma and ignorance surrounding people who are victims of hepatitis.

From the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA):

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that each year provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008, and since then thousands of events have taken place around the world, generating massive public and media interest. The Alliance has also received support from governments worldwide, high-profile Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and supranational bodies, such as Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctors without Borders].

Following the World Health Assembly in May 2010, it was agreed that World Hepatitis Day would be recognized annually on 28 July.

A Quick 101 on Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the liver.

Hep B is irritation and inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Hep C is a viral disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that leads to inflammation of the liver.

Hepatitis infection can be spread through having contact with the blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and other body fluids of someone who already has a hepatitis infection.

For more details on causes, risk factors, symptoms, and treatments, please check the PubMed Health page on hepatitis at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002139/

world hepatitis dayGuinness World Record Event for World Hepatitis Day 2012

As a way to publicize World Hepatitis Day, the Alliance is holding a Guinness World Record event in which they will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by “having the most people performing the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ actions in 24 hours at multiple venues around the world.” This is an allusion to the three monkeys of proverb who are covering their eyes, ears, and mouth, respectively, and refers to the way the world is dealing with hepatitis by refusing to acknowledge it.

Breaking News About Hepatitis Research

It has come to our attention that nanoparticle-based antiviral therapy (the use of “nanozymes” to attack hepatitis virii) developed by researchers at the University of Florida has shown a 100 percent effectiveness in eradicating the hepatitis C virus, at least in the lab. We will be watching this news with interest! What great timing – just in time for World Hepatitis Day!

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