CHICAGO—(May 14, 2012) According to the CDC, more than 4.4 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic viral hepatitis, yet the majority are unaware of their infection. To draw attention to the prevalence of this disease and the associated risks, May is recognized as Hepatitis Awareness Month.
Throughout May, getSTDtested.com will be launching several initiatives promoting hepatitis awareness, including an original infographic about all strains of hepatitis. This infographic focuses on the most common strains of hepatitis in the U.S.—hepatitis A, B and C—as well as two less common strains, hepatitis D and hepatitis E.
"There's a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about hepatitis. An infographic serves as a fun and easily digestible way to learn about this disease," say Benjamin Brown, general manager and director of online marketing at Pinpoint MD, parent company of getSTDtested.com.
Already underway is a series of hepatitis information: 31 Facts About Hepatitis. A fact about hepatitis will be released for each day of the month.
GetSTDtested.com is also offering 10% off all hepatitis testing and STD testing during May. Customers can enter the coupon code "HEP" during check out to save. GetSTDtested.com offers same-day testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as STDs and HIV.
"Hepatitis is often not thought of as a typical STD, but this virus can be transmitted through sex. Hepatitis B is spread through bodily fluids via sex or IV drug use, much like HIV, while hepatitis C is passed through blood most commonly transmitted from sharing needs. Still, transmission via sex is possible," says Brown.
Many cases of hepatitis are asymptomatic and go unnoticed. "If you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis B or could be at risk hepatitis C which doesn't have a vaccine, it's important to add these two STDs to your yearly STD test," Brown advises.
Customers can order STD testing online at www.getstdtested.com or call one of our STD counselors at 866-749-6269 to place an order.