May was Hepatitis Awareness Month and our staff worked with several partners to promote awareness about hepatitis and hold testing events during the week of National Hepatitis Testing Day. The work paid off with our partners hosting 13 sites in Arizona, only one state in the country hosted more.
More than 200 people were tested for hepatitis C in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties! An educational and testing day event in Phoenix had more than 90 people in attendance where 37 people were tested for hepatitis C and 18 people received the hepatitis A/B vaccine. In Apache Junction, at least 95 people were tested for hepatitis C. In Tucson, more than 70 people were tested for hepatitis C. This is the first time that Arizona has had this many hepatitis testing events in one week. We will work to continue testing at-risk populations and educating the public about hepatitis A, B, and C.