Resolution J5104-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 19, 2014, as Hepatitis Testing Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Hepatitis Testing Day

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  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 19, 2014, as Hepatitis Testing Day  in  the  State  of  New
York,  in  conjunction with the observance of National Hepatitis Testing
Day

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days that are set aside to increase awareness of serious  public  health
issues that affect the lives of the residents of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  moved  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 19, 2014, as Hepatitis Testing
Day in the State of New York, in  conjunction  with  the  observance  of
National Hepatitis Testing Day; and
  WHEREAS, May 19, 2014, marks the third National Hepatitis Testing Day,
a  day for people at risk to be tested, and for health care providers to
educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing; and
  WHEREAS, Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver usually caused  by  a
virus, is a hidden epidemic with significant public health consequences;
an  estimated 3.5-5.3 million persons are living with viral hepatitis in
the United States, and millions more are at risk for infection; and
  WHEREAS, Because hepatitis can persist for decades  without  symptoms,
65-75  percent  of  infected Americans remain unaware of their infection
status and are not receiving care and treatment; and
  WHEREAS, There are five types of hepatitis; the most common are  Hepa-
titis B and Hepatitis C; and
  WHEREAS,  Hepatitis  B  and  C can progress to a "chronic" or lifelong
infection, which can  cause  serious  health  problems  including  liver
damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death; and
  WHEREAS, Hepatitis B and C are both spread by coming into contact with
the  blood  of an infected person, even in microscopic amounts; in addi-
tion, Hepatitis B may be spread through contact with other bodily fluids
from an infected person, and an infected mother may pass it to her  baby
at birth; and
  WHEREAS,  Individuals  at  higher  risk  for Hepatitis B include those
born, or whose mother was born, in a  region  of  the  world  where  the
disease  is  common,  meaning  two  percent or more of the population is
chronically infected; in most Asian and Pacific Island nations, 8 to  16
percent of the population is chronically infected; and
  WHEREAS,  Asian  and  Pacific  Islanders  make  up five percent of the
United States' population but account for over 50 percent  of  Americans
living  with Hepatitis B; one in 12 Asian Americans has Hepatitis B, and
two out of three of those infected are unaware of their status; and
  WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control recommends all people born in
Asia and the Pacific Islands get tested for Hepatitis B; and
  WHEREAS, People born from 1945 through 1965 are five times more likely
to be infected with Hepatitis C than other adults, and nearly three  out
of four individuals with Hepatitis C were born during that time; because
of this staggering statistic, the Centers for Disease Control recommends
all people born from 1945-1965 get tested for Hepatitis C; and
  WHEREAS,  Hepatitis  C  is  a  leading cause of liver cancer and liver
transplants; and
  WHEREAS, In New York City, approximately 146,500  residents  may  have
chronic  Hepatitis  C;  the  disease  is most prevalent in New York City
neighborhoods with high rates of poverty; and
  WHEREAS, Early detection of viral hepatitis saves lives,  but  testing
for  this  disease is not part of routine blood work done during a phys-

ical; all New Yorkers should talk with their doctors about getting test-
ed; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  crucial that days such as National Hepatitis Testing
Day are observed in order to continue to raise awareness  and  halt  the
spread of hepatitis; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 19, 2014, as  Hepa-
titis  Testing  Day  in  the  State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National Hepatitis Testing Day; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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