In observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, I am posting to this blog daily, highlighting websites and organizations that are doing remarkable work educating the public, raising awareness, and making a difference in the lives of those affected by viral hepatitis. I suggest you visit each site, and find out what they are doing, how you can stay informed, and possibly help with their efforts.

If you are wondering if anyone is speaking up for hepatitis patients in Congress, look no further than the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP). HAP is convened by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Here is a description of what HAP does:

HAP is a national coalition based in Washington, D.C. that includes community-based organizations, public health and provider associations, national hepatitis and HIV organizations and diagnostic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies from all over the country. HAP works with federal policy makers in Congress and the Executive branch and with public health officials to increase federal support and funding for hepatitis prevention, testing, education, research, surveillance, and treatment.

In short, HAP is fighting to make a difference for those affected by viral hepatitis.

Follow HAP and NASTAD on Twitter @NASTAD