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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

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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…

In Appreciation for Dr. Howard Koh’s Leadership in HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis as Assistant Secretary for Health

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On behalf of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), partners in government, and hundreds of HIV and viral hepatitis stakeholders across the nation, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Howard Koh as he prepares to end his more than five years of service as Assistant Secretary for Health. Howard…

National Summit on Hepatitis C Brings Treatment and Cure into Focus

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In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the virus that causes hepatitis C (HCV), on June 17 and 18, 2014, the CDC hosted two events, a Public Health Grand Rounds, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward” and the National Summit on Hepatitis…

A new pilot helps battle hepatitis C with health IT and telemedicine

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Health IT and telemedicine are important tools to help early diagnosis and treatment of a growing problem in the U.S. – hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new pilot program to help use telemedicine to fight HCV, develop new treatment tools, and get them in the…