Springfield, IL … Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 214 which designates next month as "Hepatitis C Awareness Month. The initiative, which was led by State Representative Michael McAuliffe
(R-Chicago), received unanimous support as it continues to shine light
upon a disease which, up until recently, received very little attention.
"Hepatitis C has been affecting people for decades.
However, due to a lack of awareness, there is large segment of the
population that is considered at-risk of having unknowingly contracted
the virus," explained McAuliffe. "Hepatitis C became known as the
'Silent Epidemic' due to a general lack of knowledge of the at-risk
groups and treatment options, and in recent years, the medical community
has identified veterans of the Vietnam-era and anyone born between the
years of 1945 and 1965 to be at increased risk of carrying the virus."
has been a leader in tackling awareness, treatment and prevention
issues for the Hepatitis C virus since 2013 when he pioneered the
creation of the Hepatitis C Task Force in Springfield. The task force,
which was the first of its kind in Illinois, was inspired by his own
personal story of how he saw the effects of the disease on close family
members. Since its creation, the bipartisan task force members have
successfully recommended thoughtful legislation. The group was recently
recognized by the House for their positive work by receiving an
extension to continue their work until 2017.
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