About Empathy Campaign
About 60 million Indians are infected with Hepatitis B and C virus infections which are responsible for liver cirrhosis and cancer. The epidemic of these infections is often referred to as a “silent epidemic” because many patients are unaware of their infection status and many cases go unrecognized and untreated for many years. It is understood that majority harbouring the infection are undiagnosed and unaware of their status.
Several initiatives are currently being undertaken by the Govt. under the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, to improve access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatment for such individuals and those at risk. However, the stigma and consequent discrimination associated with these infections is a significant hindrance to care seeking, compliance and mainstreaming. The infected, very often do not want to be identified for fear of social isolation.