May 19, 2009 is World Hepatitis Day, a day organized by advocates around the world to create awareness for viral hepatitis. You can observe this day in many ways, but one good way is to ask your friends "are you number 12?" According to World Hepatitis Alliance data, one in 12 people worldwide is living with chronic hepatitis B or C. Considering all the people on this planet, that's a lot of people living with this disease! And, yet, public awareness and accurate understanding of chronic hepatitis seems to vary from poor to ridiculously bad. Supporting public health campaigns like this is one way to improve awareness.
For free promotional materials including postcards and posters, visit the World Hepatitis Day page at the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.