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Hepatitis Prevention Program

Hepatitis Section

The mission and vision of the Hepatitis Prevention Program is to prevent the transmission of viral hepatitis and eliminate viral hepatitis in Florida. In order to achieve this, the current strategy of the program is to test adults at risk for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, diagnose them, and ensure that they are linked to care. The Hepatitis Prevention Program works with county health departments and community-based organizations in Florida to implement this strategy.  

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World Hepatitis Day is recognized annually on July 28th, the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011). Dr. Blumberg discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and two years later developed the first hepatitis B vaccine and for these achievements won the Nobel Prize.

Viral hepatitis is caused by infection of one of five viruses – hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. All hepatitis viruses can cause inflammation of the liver, and chronic hepatitis B and C can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. According to the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) Global hepatitis report, 2017, viral hepatitis is a major global health threat with around 257 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and 71 million people living with chronic hepatitis C.

To raise awareness of this hidden epidemic, July 28th has been designated as World Hepatitis Day. Organizations around the world, including WHO and CDC, use World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the problem and what needs to be done to strengthen efforts in prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis. This year’s World Hepatitis Day theme from WHO is “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”.

Hepatitis following hepatitis featured topics are available at:  www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/featuredtopics/index.htm

  • Hepatitis C in the African America Community
  • Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs
  • Viral Hepatitis and Gay and Bisexual Men
  • Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis C 25th Anniversary Timeline

 

Hepatitis Resources

The Hepatitis Prevention Progam provides resources and trainings to clients and providers, including 'Hepatitis 101', 'Viral Serology', and the Hepatitis Resource Guide (to view, select the 'Hepatitis Resources' tab on the left). Additionally, we offer educational materials free-of-charge (see the 'Education Materials' tab on the left navigation panel).

Florida Health Minute:
Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C: Should You
Be Tested?

Florida Health Minute-Hepatitis C Transcript

Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files


  • Hepatitis 101 Training
  • Viral Serology Training

The STD and Viral Hepatitis Section offers the "Hepatitis 101: An Introduction to Hepatitis A, B, and C" training. This webinar is a one-hour, basic training and can be accessed through TRAIN Florida. Any healthcare worker can participate in the Hepatitis 101 training. Continuing education credit of one (1) hour is available for all licensed nurses in the state of Florida.

To register, visit: Florida TRAIN and search for "FDOH Hepatitis 101." If you are not a Florida Department of Health employee or have not set up a TRAIN Florida account, you can do so on the TRAIN Florida's home page. For new users or Non-Department of Health Employees, please review the "How To" document to set up an account.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe symptoms, risk factors, and modes of transmission for hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Identify clients who should be referred for hepatitis vaccination and/or testing
  • Facilitate a provider-client conversation on viral hepatitis risk factors and test results
  • Recognize laboratory test results
  • Describe risk factors for HIV and hepatitis co-infection

The STD and Viral Hepatitis Section offers "Viral Hepatitis Serology Workshop". This is a one-hour intermediate training and can be accessed online at any time. This course provides an overview of laboratory testing, results and interpretations. Any healthcare worker can participate and continuing education credit of one (1) hour is available for all licensed nurses in the state of Florida.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the available serological tests for hepatitis A, B and C
  • Provide an overview of interpretations for hepatitis A, B and C test results
  • Distinguish between acute and chronic viral hepatitis infections, and the serological makers associated with each
  • Understand the efficacy of the viral hepatitis vaccine and make recommendations to clients

For registration, visit Florida TRAIN and search for "FDOH Viral Hepatitis Serology" to register. For new users or Non-Department of Health Employees, please review the "How To" document to set up an account.

Upon completion, you will have the option to print out a certificate. We also create a weekly report of nurses who take the class and send the information to the Department of Health Office of Performance Improvement for CEUs.