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Faster, Easier Cures for Hepatitis C

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Transformative advances in drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration are giving the 3.2 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C a chance for a longer, healthier life without the virus. That’s welcome news for baby boomers—who make up three of four adults with the hepatitis C virus—and millions of other Americans, many of…

Join World Hepatitis Day at the White House – July 30: A Call to Action for Public Health Leadership

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Every year, on July 28th, we commemorate World Hepatitis Day and elevate the public health response to a disease that impacts more than 400 million people globally. It has been an honor to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health (ASH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services for the past five years. This…

Medicare Protects You on World Hepatitis Day and Every Day

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Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, affects millions of people worldwide, resulting in acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of…

Reflections on Social Media Communication: National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day 2014

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Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series of reflective posts about social media use in support of messages for the national health observances. April 10, 2014 marked the second annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day  (NYHAAD), a day of action to put young people at the center of the conversation…

Conversations from AIDS 2014: Practitioner Bisola Ojikutu, M.D., MPH

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At the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Bisola O. Ojikutu, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Senior Advisor at JSI, and asked her to offer her reflections on some of the key ideas she’s heard at the conference. Among…

Join the White House World Hepatitis Day Event Live Broadcast on July 30

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Every year, we commemorate World Hepatitis Day (WHD) and re-commit to addressing viral hepatitis, a disease that affects approximately 400 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 1.4 million people each year according to the World Health Organization . Despite serious consequences including liver cancer and liver failure, viral hepatitis remains a “silent killer” and many people…

New Study: 10.3 million gained health coverage during the Marketplace’s first annual open enrollment period

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the release of a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, estimating that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The report examines trends in insurance before and after the…

NIH’s Dr. Gina Brown Reflects on HIV Among Women and Girls –Highlights from AIDS 2014

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Addressing HIV/AIDS among women and girls was a key focus area of many sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Presenters covered such important topics as HIV prevention interventions for women and girls, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and enhancing HIV care and treatment for women and girls. To learn…