Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bring Awareness to Hepatitis with the Three Unwise Monkeys Campaign

Hey there. I have a cousin does awesome work at a local clinic.  One of her main functions is to drive awareness to dangers of unprotected sex.  She's constantly reminding the community of free HIV testing and she has participated in seminars in schools to make our youth aware of the disease.  Now, HIV and AIDS may be the sickness that gets headlines, but did you know that hepatitis is just as lethal?  A study by The Global Burden Disease showed that viral hepatitis was responsible for just as many deaths as HIV and AIDS.  That's a pretty big eye opener, no?  So I'm going to follow in my little cousin's footsteps and help bring awareness to the community.  Here are some details about hepatitis:

  • In 2010, viral hepatitis was responsible for 1.45 million deaths.  Just as much as HIV/AIDS and significantly more than malaria and TB.
  • 500 Million people are living with chronic hepatitis.  "Silent" viruses, such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C, are called silent because the infected may show no signs of symptoms.
  • If left untreated, hepatitis B and C can lead to liver scarring, liver cancer, and/or liver failure.

The World Hepatitis Alliance is asking for help.  They are not asking for donations (but they are always welcomed).  They simply want you to watch and share this video.  The Three Unwise Monkeys video is a campaign started to help bring awareness to this killer disease.  The video already has over 1 million views in it's first week!  Check out the video below.

 So what do you think?  A great campaign, no?  Let me know what your thoughts are on the video.  I love to get a conversation going about it.  Also, spread the word.  It's a short video and every pair of eyes that watch it is one person that is now aware of the disease.  If sharing on social media websites, please use the hashtag #SeeHearSpeakNo  World Hepatitis Day is July 28th.  I missed the date already, but that doesn't mean I can't bring awareness anyways.  Watch the video and use the hashtag.  Who knows, you may be saving a life.  Many thanks, friends.  Later!

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