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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 

Saluting Community Health Centers: Vital Partners in Fighting HIV and Hepatitis

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This week we join public health and health care colleagues across the U.S. in saluting the 50th anniversary of the nation’s network of community health centers during National Health Center Week.  First established in 1965 as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, today there are over 1,300 health centers supported by…

HHS World Hepatitis Day Observance Showcased Progress & Collaboration


On July 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted the fifth annual observance of World Hepatitis Day to continue raising awareness of the burden of viral hepatitis both here in the U.S. and around the world. Globally, viral hepatitis affects 400 million people and kills over 1.4 million people annually , and…

Join the HHS World Hepatitis Day Observance on Tuesday, July 28


This July 28th marks the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day (WHD), an opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and come together to share our successes and strategize about our challenges. Importantly, WHD provides a platform to mobilize greater support for our continued work toward better surveillance and prevention programs and improved access to diagnosis…

Spotlight on HIV and Aging


Next week, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging puts a spotlight on healthy aging. Held each decade since the 1960s, the conference brings together older Americans, caregivers, government officials, and business and community leaders to discuss a vision for healthy aging in the next decade. For many of us, that vision includes healthy aging, support,…

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


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…