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Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Federal Viral Hepatitis Leadership group - March 2016

Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

President Obama Addresses Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

President Obama - RX Summit

In remarks delivered at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, this afternoon President Obama discussed a range of actions being taken to address the nation’s prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. This epidemic involves increases in unsafe and unsterile injection practices, which put people who inject drugs at high risk…

HHS Releases Guidance for Syringe Services Programs

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The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal…

Sharing Lessons as We Develop New Site

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As promoters for the use of digital tools in the response to HIV and viral hepatitis, we often share examples of specific tools and resources once they are available. But we are also always curious to learn and share lessons about what goes into developing such digital tools. So as we embark on developing a…

HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

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Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders…

Liver Cancer Death Rate Increasing Faster Than All Other Cancers; Implementation of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Urgently Needed

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On March 9th, the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer  , revealing that the rate of new cases of liver cancer is rapidly increasing and the death rate…

VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

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Expanded funding now allows VA to provide increased drug therapy at VA facilities nationwide The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is now able to fund care for all Veterans with hepatitis C for Fiscal Year 2016 regardless of the stage of the patient’s liver disease. The move follows increased funding from…

Institute of Medicine Expert Committee Assessing Feasibility of Viral Hepatitis Elimination Targets in the U.S.

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In 2014, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly unanimously adopted resolution WHA67.6, [PDF 152 KB] which urged Member States and the WHO Director-General to enhance efforts in viral hepatitis surveillance, prevention, treatment access, and disease control. This resolution tasked the WHO with assessing the feasibility of elimination targets for hepatitis B (HBV) and…