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New! HHS Viral Hepatitis Twitter Handle

Hepatitis Awareness Month logo - cropped May 18 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. To coincide with May 19th’s Hepatitis Testing Day observance, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Twitter account: @HHS_ViralHep . The new Twitter handle will extend OHAIDP’s efforts to share federal hepatitis resources, build upon…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

Tim Harrison - cropped May 2016

The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

Join the White House 2016 National Hepatitis Testing Day Event via Live Webcast on May 19

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

Next Thursday May 19th, the White House will host a National Hepatitis Testing Day observance, and you can watch the event live. It will be webcast live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE from 10:00–12:30 p.m. EDT. The event underscores the administration’s commitment to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections in the United States. It is co-hosted by…

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join the Twitter Chat!

Hepatitis Awareness-Month - cropped - May 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are taking to Twitter to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities. Millions of Americans in every community are living with viral hepatitis. While anyone can be exposed, being informed about which communities are disproportionately impacted can help focus…

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

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New CDC studies underscore urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers  Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to preliminary surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second CDC study, published online today in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows…

FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Developing New Hep C Treatments

FDA logo - cropped - May 2016

FDA has revised a draft guidance, titled Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Developing Direct-Acting Antiviral Drugs for Treatment. [PDF 665 KB] The purpose of the guidance is to assist sponsors in the clinical development of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) from the pre-investigational new drug application (pre-IND) through…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis Awareness-Month - cropped - May 2016

Each May, many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance includes national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These represent important opportunities to promote hepatitis…

Syringe Services Programs: Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC – Webinar.

Corinna Dan - new headshot - April 2016

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk for Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection through the sharing of needles and drug-preparation equipment. The risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections can be substantially reduced by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection….