Viral Hepatitis

Prescription Drugs: Advancing Ideas to Improve Access, Affordability, and Innovation


Recently, prescription drugs have been in the news a lot, particularly with respect to their cost.  Millions of Americans rely on prescription medications to manage chronic illnesses or treat acute conditions, and drug innovation has resulted in better health outcomes for people across our nation. Because of this, finding ways to improve affordability and access…

Hepatitis C in Corrections – A New Resource for Incarcerated People

Rich Feffer, Correctional Health Programs Manager, Hepatitis Education Project

A disproportionate number of people with hepatitis C (HCV) in the U.S. are or have been inmates in jails and prisons. Correctional settings therefore present significant opportunities to provide hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment interventions. To help incarcerated people understand HCV, the National Hepatitis Corrections Network (NHCN)  has introduced a new resource to assist…

Hepatitis C Initiative in Ryan White Clinics—Findings from a Special Program of National Significance

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presented findings and lessons from a four-year demonstration project that supported 29 organizations implementing focused interventions designed to increase access to and completion of hepatitis C (HCV) treatment for people also living with HIV at ID Week, a leading forum for sharing infectious disease research and practice. The…

APHA Session on Hepatitis C Trends and Disparities on Tuesday 11/3/15


The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) invites participants in the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting to join us for a special session: The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities Tuesday, November 3rd from 12:30pm-2:00pm CT If we are to realize the goals…

Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes along the HCV Continuum of Care

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There is a great deal of work being done across the country to improve care for those infected with hepatitis C. This work has been reinvigorated in recent years by new tools that hold great promise, including new HCV treatments that have the potential to cure over 90% of all individuals with HCV infection as…

Integrating Hepatitis Services into HIV Programs: NACCHO Shares the Local Health Department Perspective at USCA

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On September 10-13, the 19th Annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)  was held in Washington, DC. USCA brings together public health workers, advocates, policy makers, and people living with HIV to share strategies and ideas for how to tackle the HIV epidemic. The conference theme, “The numbers don’t lie: It’s time to end disparities,”…

Identifying Strategies to Eliminate Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission

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The elimination of perinatal hepatitis B transmission—transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth—is one of the four overarching goals of the national Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. With fewer than 1,000 estimated cases of perinatal HBV infection occurring each year in the U.S., many see elimination as an achievable goal. Toward…

HCV Current Initiative: Addressing the National Epidemics of Prescription Opioid misuse and Hepatitis C through Unique Partnerships

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Recently, there has been a spotlight on America’s prescription opioid misuse and overdose epidemics.  However, too often, people remain unaware of the related hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an estimated 150% increase in new HCV infections from 2010 to 2013 and, further, that most of the…