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Online Expert Advice for Clinicians Treating Hepatitis C Now Includes Section on When and For Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy

Ronald Valdiserri

State-of-the-art guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was updated this week to help healthcare providers to determine when and in whom to start antiviral treatment to cure patients of their HCV infection. Launched earlier this year by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases  (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society…

White House Observes World Hepatitis Day

Ronald Valdiserri

On Wednesday, July 30, the White House hosted its fourth consecutive observance of World Hepatitis Day. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the event brought together a diverse group of domestic…

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

Dr. M. Sulkowski and Dr. J. Molina discuss HIV-HCV coinfection study findings at AIDS 2014. Photo Courtesy of the International AIDS Foundation

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease…

Breaking the Silence around Global Viral Hepatitis

Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs

July 28 marked World Hepatitis Day—a day to reflect on the impact viral hepatitis has on millions of lives around the world and celebrate the progress we’ve made in preventing and treating millions more. Viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers and the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Preventing and…

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…

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

World Hepatitis Day

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…