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World Hepatitis Day

Ronald Valdiserri

Tomorrow, July 28, we will join the global observance of World Hepatitis Day.  Organized by the World Hepatitis Alliance , a non-governmental organization that represents hepatitis B and hepatitis C patient groups from around the world, the annual observance focuses attention on the huge impact of viral hepatitis infection globally – with as many as one…

Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh Shares Hepatitis B Awareness Tools for AAPI Communities

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As we approach World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, we are reminded of the staggering impact of Hepatitis B in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPIs make up approximately 5% of the US population, but comprise over 50% of Americans with chronic Hepatitis B.  This means approximately 1 in 12 AAPIs are living…

Viral Hepatitis: A Health Concern for Gay and Bisexual Men Deserving Attention During LGBT Pride Month

Dr. Valdiserri

As Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius noted in her recent statement, observing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June spotlights HHS’s commitment to addressing the special health needs of LGBT Americans which includes reducing health disparities for them and members of other vulnerable communities. Among those disparities is…

FDA and Partners Recommend Action to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Risk Among Health Care Personnel

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Yesterday, colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advanced one of the important action items detailed in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Minority Communities

J. Nadine Gracia

Since 1991, routine vaccinations of infants has reduced hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection rates in children by more than 95 percent. And the incidence of acute hepatitis C (HCV) has declined 90 percent since 1992, in large part due to the screening of the blood supply. This progress illustrates the impact that public health policies…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes viral hepatitis as a highly prevalent chronic disease among Veterans in VA care. VA continues to be proactive in addressing viral hepatitis, and is actively taking part in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which is led by…

CDC Invites Public Comment on Draft Recommendations for One-Time Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers

John Ward

CDC has released draft recommendations proposing that all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 (“baby boomers”) get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus. In the United States, hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer, which is the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths in the nation. More than 2…

Updates on National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Shared with Primary Care and HIV Providers

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Panel at Health HIV Conference

Along with several federal colleagues, I had the opportunity late last month to discuss the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Action Plan for the Prevention Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) during a panel presentation at a national healthcare conference. We shared highlights of our efforts to coordinate activities as we implement…