May is #HepatitisAwarenessMonth.

The number of U.S. Latinos with hepatitis C (2.6%) is higher than the number of overall people with hepatitis C (1.3%). Hepatitis C disease progression has also shown to be faster in Latinos than in Whites.

Worldwide, hepatitis C virus (HCV) or hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the most common risk factor for liver cancer. Latinos have much higher liver cancer rates than Whites, too.

Why is this the case? What prevention can be done?

What should Latinos know?

liver cancer tweetchat graphicLet’s use #SaludTues to tweet-chat on Tuesday, May 16, about liver issues, resources, and solutions for Latinos.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Get the Facts – Latinos, Hepatitis, and Liver Cancer”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Hep Free NYC (@HepFreeNYC), Latino Commission on AIDS (@LatinoCommAIDS), Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed)
  • SPECIAL GUESTS: Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation (@ADRLFoundation) & Harlem United (@HarlemUnited)
  • OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #HepatitisAwarenessMonth #HepAware

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help prevent liver cancer!

See our full Tweetchat schedule.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat on Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio and its Salud America! obesity prevention program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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