NIH News Advisory
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 22, 1999
Contact: Leslie Curtis
(301) 496-3583

Note to Editors and Reporters - "Hepatitis C in African Americans" an NIH Workshop

TO: Editors and Reporters
FROM: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,
National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Office of Research
on Minority Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
WHAT: "HEPATITIS C in AFRICAN-AMERICANS," an NIH workshop
WHEN: December 2, 1999, 8:30 to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lister Hill Auditorium, Bethesda, MD
WHY: Nearly 4 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C. African- Americans suffer the highest incidence and prevalence rates for the disease among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The NIDDK and other NIH institutes are bringing together experts to discuss the current knowledge on the prevalence, clinical course, complications, and treatment of hepatitis C in African- Americans. Participants will also discuss future research needs and ways to get more African-Americans involved in hepatitis C clinical trials.

NOTE: Abstract books available at the registration table.