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

Dr. Koh at AIDS 2012

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…

NIH Seeks Applications for HIV and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection Research Funding

Ronald Valdiserri

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support multidisciplinary studies of HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection. The opportunities were issued under NIH’s R01 or Research Project Grant program and R21 or Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant program. NIH notes that the FOAs were informed by priority areas in the Action…

Hepatitis C Virus: 25 Years of Progress

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to watch the informative sessions described in Dr. Mermin’s post below. Twenty-five years ago, on April 21, hepatitis C virus (HCV) was recognized as a distinct virus by the journal Science. Since that time, many advances have been made in the testing and treatment of HCV. Several medications are…

CDC’s June Public Health Grand Rounds & National Summit Spotlight Hepatitis C

Ronald Valdiserri

On June 17, 2014, CDC’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds will spotlight hepatitis C. The one-hour program, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward,” will be webcast, beginning at 1:00PM (EDT) and will feature presentations by nationally recognized experts. Recent therapeutic advances can halt the progression…

Uniting to Combat Hepatitis B

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In late May, during National Hepatitis Awareness Month, local coalitions from all over the country came together for the second Hep B United Summit. Hep B United  is a national campaign to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer; it is composed of 20 state and local coalitions  working together to combat this “silent epidemic.”…

Medicare Will Cover Hepatitis C Screening in Primary Care Settings

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein

On June 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its determination that hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening will be covered by Medicare for adults in primary care. Specifically, the determination stated that CMS will cover HCV screening when ordered by a beneficiary’s primary care physician or practitioner within the context of…