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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 

White House Hosts U.S. Observance of World Hepatitis Day

Ronald Valdiserri

This past Sunday, July 28, was World Hepatitis Day. To mark this global observance in the United States, the White House hosted an event on Friday, July 26, 2013 which brought together more than 200 stakeholders from the domestic and global viral hepatitis communities along with representatives of numerous federal agencies to put an important…

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

A National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy…

USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

USPSTF Hepatitis

The new Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) this week represents a critical step toward achieving the prevention, care and treatment goals outlined in the federal government’s Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The new recommendation updates and expands the 2004 USPSTF recommendation, giving a…

El video de la cascada de tratamiento de VIH ahora está también disponible en español

La cascada de tratamiento de VIH

Ahora el video de la cascada de tratamiento de VIH también está disponible en español Recientemente compartido un vídeo sobre la cascada de tratamiento del VIH en los Estados Unidos que rápidamente se ha convertido en uno de los videos más vistos en el canal de YouTube AIDS.gov. Estamos encantados de compartir la versión en…

Addressing Potential Discrimination against Health Professions Students with HBV Infection

Joint letter

The Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter this week to the nation’s medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools regarding hepatitis B discrimination. Citing March 2013 settlement agreements that the Justice Department reached with a medical school and a…

Input Sought on Renewal and 3-Year Extension of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Ronald Valdiserri

As Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, shared during last month’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Human Services and its federal partners are pleased to announce the renewal and extension of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis for three more years. The original…

Hepatitis C Infection Among Young Injection Drug Users: Addressing an Emerging Trend

Hepatitis C Report Cover

In recent years, there has been an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among young injection drug users (IDU) in rural and suburban settings. Early this spring, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convened a multidisciplinary technical consultation to discuss the existing evidence and to identify and define priorities for the…

HIV Treatment Cascade Video Now Also Available in Spanish

HIV Treatment Cascade, espanol

“Ahora el video de la Cascada de Tratamiento de VIH también está disponible en español” Recently we shared an animated video about the HIV treatment cascade in the United States that has quickly become one of the most-watched videos ever on the AIDS.gov YouTube channel . We’re pleased to share the Spanish language version of this…