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Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Appreciating Dr. Jack Whitescarver’s Many Contributions to HIV/AIDS Research

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At the end of this month, we bid a fond farewell to a colleague who has played a key role in leading Federal research efforts in response to HIV/AIDS since the earliest days of the epidemic. As NIH previously announced, on July 1, 2015, Dr. Jack Whitescarver is retiring and stepping down as NIH’s Associate…

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. Jono Mermin at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about the HIV and HCV outbreak in Indiana. This outbreak appears to reverse a multi-year trend in declining HIV infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) and also sheds…

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. John Ward at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, during the 2015 National Summit on HCV and HIV Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care  in Arlington, Virginia. We discussed steps CDC has taken recently to improve rates of testing and diagnosis for chronic…

Meeting Report Now Available: Hepatitis C among African Americans

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African Americans are among the populations prioritized by the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) which outlines steps to educate communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment as well as actions to enhance healthcare provider knowledge about populations disproportionately impacted. A two-day forum convened…

Increasing Hepatitis B Awareness and Testing Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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An estimated 1 in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV); however, two-thirds are not aware of their infection. As we near the end of May’s observance of both Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I want to underscore the importance of addressing hepatitis B infection…

FDA Invites Comments on Proposal to Revise Lifetime Deferral on Blood Donation by Gay Men

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In a Federal Register notice published Friday, May 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on the following draft recommendations: Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products [PDF 135KB]. This draft guidance, to establishments that collect blood or blood components, proposes…

Help Raise Awareness on Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19th

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Next Tuesday, May 19, is the fourth annual national Hepatitis Testing Day. The observance was established in 2011 with the initial release of the national Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan). Its goal is to help raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and to encourage more…

ONAP Concludes Series of Community Forums on Updating National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Over the past month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted a series of listening sessions in four cities across the country—Los Angeles, Nashville, Detroit, and Boston—to gather community perspectives that will inform its update of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). At each session, Mr. Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, Director of ONAP,…