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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 

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…

Hepatitis Testing Day

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

This week, we mark the second annual observance of Hepatitis Testing Day. Establishment of this national health awareness day on May 19 was called for in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis as part of efforts to decrease health disparities by raising greater public and health care provider awareness,…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 1 marks the start of the month-long observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month. The observance is an important element of government-wide efforts to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and decrease health disparities by educating communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment. Throughout the month of May, HHS and our partners who…

New USPSTF HIV Testing Recommendation Paves the Way for Increased Testing and Timely HIV Diagnosis in the U.S.

US PSTF Logo

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a new Recommendation Statement on screening for HIV, giving a “Grade A” recommendation for routine HIV screening for all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection. It also gave a…

STD Prevention, Screening, and Treatment Helps Prevent HIV Transmission and Ensure Health of People Living with HIV

STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, an opportunity for all of us in the HIV prevention, treatment, and care arena to be reminded of—and educate others about—the vital role that sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, testing, and treatment play in comprehensive programs to prevent and treat HIV. Simply stated, having an untreated STD increases the risk…