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Eliminating Hepatitis B in the United States—Mothers Matter!

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Every year, 25,000 women with chronic hepatitis B infection give birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are a subset of the estimated 700,000 to 1.4 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B virus in the U.S., but merit our special attention because of the risk of perinatal hepatitis B…

Social Media Tools to Help You Observe Hepatitis Awareness Month

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, providing us with 31 days to raise awareness of viral hepatitis in the United States. Awareness activities will take place throughout the month, with Tuesday, May 19th designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day. With an estimated 3.5-5.3 million Americans living with chronic viral hepatitis, most of whom are unaware that…

Implementing the Nation’s First State Hepatitis C Testing Law

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As the first state hepatitis C testing law in the nation progresses into its second year of implementation, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is taking steps to educate both healthcare providers and consumers about the importance of HCV screening for individuals born between 1945 and 1965 (often referred to as the “Baby…

Register Today for Webinar on Hepatitis C and African American Women

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In recognition of both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, the HHS Offices on Women’s Health, Minority Health, and HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy are co-sponsoring a webinar, Hepatitis C and African American Women, on Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 1:30-2:45 PM (ET). Because of disproportionate rates of hepatitis C virus infection, African Americans…

New Hepatitis C Treatments Have High Cure Rates for African Americans

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The epidemic of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection impacts over 3 million individuals in the United States, and over 50% of infected people are undiagnosed. In an effort to increase the number of people who are aware of their HCV infection and link them to care, in 2012 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

The Local Pharmacy: An Untapped Resource for Viral Hepatitis Care

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Last year, I went to my local drugstore to get my seasonal flu shot. As my pharmacist prepared the materials, she asked about my niece’s recent hula performance.  I asked how her daughter was doing in school. As we chatted it occurred to me: I know my pharmacist better than my doctor. And she knows…

SAMHSA Announces Funding to Prevent Substance Abuse, HIV, and HCV among Minority Young Adults

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a funding opportunity announcement under its fiscal year 2015 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) grants.  Known by its short title “MSI CBO grants,” the purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce substance…

African Immigrants At Increased Risk for Hepatitis B

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Ed. note: April is Minority Health Month, bringing a national focus on advancing health equity and ending health disparities. During April we will be sharing several blog posts about responding to viral hepatitis disparities among minority communities. Up to 1.4 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). One…