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In Recognition of World Hepatitis Day

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 “If we continue to box people in because of their medical conditions, to stigmatize individuals because of their health, and treat diseases as discrete conditions, we will never reach our common goals of health and wellbeing.” – Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy Today, as we observe World Hepatitis Day, it is important…

The Importance of Integrating HIV and Addiction Treatment

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Great progress has been made in reducing the number of new HIV infections and transforming the disease into a manageable and livable condition, but we still have some way to go to achieve an AIDS-free world. Injection drug use is still creating new, local epidemics, and the ways substance use disorders and HIV are intertwined…

Now Available! Archived Webinar on Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs

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Last month, as part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness of viral hepatitis among populations at risk, we were pleased to host a webinar Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs: Confronting the Growing Epidemic. Participants learned about trends in hepatitis C, new tools, and prevention messages, and also reviewed hepatitis C prevention…

National Hepatitis Testing Day: Ask the Expert, Corinna Dan

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National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States is part of an educational initiative of CDC’s Division of  Viral Hepatitis and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, Updated 2014-2016 . Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., is…

Register Today for Webinar on Hepatitis C Prevention for People Who Inject Drugs

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The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a webinar, Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities among People Who Inject Drugs – Confronting the Growing Epidemic, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 1:00-2:00 PM (ET). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported cases of acute hepatitis C (HCV) have increased…

NIH Funding Opportunity for Drug Abuse Prevention Research Holds Potential for Addressing Viral Hepatitis

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of NIH, has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for research that will increase understanding of the science of drug use prevention within diverse populations and settings. Given the high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among persons who inject drugs (PWID), this research also holds…

Silence is Deadly: Combating the Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis

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Silence=Death. That phrase was used by the advocacy group ACT UP to end the silence about the AIDS crisis in the United States. This is no less true for the issue of viral hepatitis, which claims the lives of 12,000-18,000 Americans each year. Our inactivity can fuel the spread of viral hepatitis—viruses which are largely…

National Recovery Month: An Opportunity to Integrate Behavioral Health and Hepatitis C Prevention

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Every year in September, we recognize National Recovery Month. Now in its 25th year, Recovery Month highlights how prevention and treatment of and recovery from mental and substance use disorders benefit individuals and our communities. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.” “Recovery Month reminds us that our year-round…