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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…

SAMHSA’s Healthy Lifestyles Project seeks to prevent the spread of hepatitis C

SAMHSA logo

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and SAMHSA is joining CDC and others in urging two groups of people to get tested for hepatitis C (HCV): Those born between 1945 and 1965 (rates of infection in this group are five times higher than in other adults in the U.S. population); Those who have engaged in high-risk…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

Compton & Khalsa

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

Community Organizing Works for Health Information Technology Systems Too

San Francisco Hep B Free Logo

To most Americans, “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is a murky domain where policy wonks conspire with computer nerds to manage our healthcare. But community-based organizations need to think about HIT both as a powerful tool for improving community health, and as a lever that can be activated through traditional community organizing principles. For community groups…

The Future of Health Department HIV and Hepatitis Programs

Dawn Fukaad

    For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have…

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,…