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Corinna Dan

R.N., M.P.H., Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

CDC Shares Resources on the Risks of Healthcare-associated Infections from Drug Diversion

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Quality health care is safe health care; neither patients nor providers should be at risk for acquiring HBV, HCV, or other bloodborne infections during health care encounters. Viral hepatitis stakeholders recognize that such health care-associated infections are an important public health and patient safety issue and are committed to better understanding the causes and further…

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

Dr. M. Sulkowski and Dr. J. Molina discuss HIV-HCV coinfection study findings at AIDS 2014. Photo Courtesy of the International AIDS Foundation

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease…

National Summit on Hepatitis C Brings Treatment and Cure into Focus

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In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the virus that causes hepatitis C (HCV), on June 17 and 18, 2014, the CDC hosted two events, a Public Health Grand Rounds, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward” and the National Summit on Hepatitis…

Introducing a Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Stakeholders’ Workbook

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We’ve found it exciting to see the variety of activities in observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month being organized by our federal partners as well as many important nonfederal stakeholders, including health departments, community-based organizations, patient advocacy organizations, and others. (Find activities taking place near you using this page from CDC.) “Sustaining – and expanding still…

What Every Women Needs to Know about Hepatitis B and C

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As we observe both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is the opportune time to raise awareness about hepatitis B and hepatitis C among women. Chronic viral hepatitis affects 3.5-5.3 million Americans—including millions of women—and most are unaware of their infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to…

Raising Awareness about Viral Hepatitis in the Hispanic Community

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During May’s month-long observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we also observe National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (NHHAD)  on May 15. NHHAD is an annual event organized by the Latino Commission on AIDS  to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and encourage testing, diagnosis, and linkage to care. We invite you to learn more about viral hepatitis among…

An Invitation to Health Care Providers to “Break the Silence” around Viral Hepatitis

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As part of our continued effort to increase awareness about the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016), Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Ronald Valdiserri have co-authored an “Ideas and Opinions”  piece for the April 29, 2014 issue of the Annals…

CMS Invites Public Comment as it Considers National Coverage Determination for HCV Screening Under Medicare

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a National Coverage Determination (NCD) process for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults. An NCD is a national policy statement granting, limiting, or excluding Medicare coverage for a specific medical item or service. CMS is allowed to add coverage of “additional preventive services”…