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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 

Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Reporting Burden for HHS HIV Grantees

Ronald Valdiserri

To help achieve a more coordinated response to HIV in the U.S., the National HIV/AIDS Strategy contains the following recommendation: “The Federal Government should take short and longer-term efforts to simplify grant administration activities, including work to standardize data collection and grantee reporting requirements for Federal HIV programs.” Acting upon that recommendation, in April 2012,…

Access to Hepatitis C Therapy Listening Session with Community Stakeholders

Ronald Valdiserri

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a listening session on the important issue of access to curative treatment for hepatitis C virus infection. While the advent of more effective, second-generation direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C represents a tremendous scientific accomplishment and a potential public health triumph, community…

2014 Viral Hepatitis Year-in-Review and Looking to 2015

Ronald Valdiserri

2014 has been a year of both opportunities and challenges in the fight against viral hepatitis. In May, the World Health Assembly passed a new resolution  [PDF 151 KB] on viral hepatitis, urging member states to develop and implement coordinated, national strategies for preventing, diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis.  Our nation’s own comprehensive viral hepatitis strategy,…

Two New Hepatitis C Resources Support Expanding Provider Capacity

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Two professional medical societies have recently launched initiatives to support a wider variety of health care providers in adapting to new roles and opportunities resulting from the rapidly evolving arena of hepatitis C (HCV) screening, diagnosis, and treatment. As the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan observes, providers at every level in the healthcare system can play…

Protect Yourself from the Flu: Important Information for People at Risk for and Living with HIV

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The cold winter months are upon us, along with the flu season. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The virus is spread by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Some scientists believe that the cold, dry air of the winter months is one of the factors…

Revised Hepatitis C (HCV)/HIV Coinfection Section of the Adult and Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Released

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Last week, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents announced the release of the updated “Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents.” As described in What’s New in the Guidelines, this interim revision of the guidelines features a revised section on Hepatitis C (HCV)/HIV Coinfection that emphasizes…

PrEPline Provides Clinicians with Advice on New HIV Prevention Tool

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A new telephone consultation service was launched earlier this month to provide free, expert advice to clinicians across the United States about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an important new HIV prevention tool. PrEP involves taking a daily pill containing two antiretroviral drugs as a way for HIV uninfected persons to prevent HIV infection. The Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis…

Advancing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Checking-In with Federal and Community Leaders

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On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the cross-government working group supporting and monitoring the implementation of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan—the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group or “VHIG”—met in Washington, DC to share updates on 2014 accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Some of the highlights included: Promising preliminary data from HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care…