Viral Hepatitis

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. Jono Mermin at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV


Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about the HIV and HCV outbreak in Indiana. This outbreak appears to reverse a multi-year trend in declining HIV infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) and also sheds…

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. John Ward at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, during the 2015 National Summit on HCV and HIV Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care  in Arlington, Virginia. We discussed steps CDC has taken recently to improve rates of testing and diagnosis for chronic…

Curing Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C


In a new video, NIH researchers and their colleagues from health centers in the District of Columbia discuss efforts to improve treatments for hepatitis C, a potentially life-threatening viral disease that slowly damages the liver. NIH-sponsored clinical studies in the nation’s capital focus on identifying effective, safe, and convenient therapies for hard-to-treat hepatitis C patients,…

FDA Reaches Out to Minorities During Hepatitis Awareness Month


Did you know that millions of Americans (mostly baby boomers) are living with chronic Hepatitis and up to 2/3 may not even know they are infected? Annually, in May, the public health community commemorates “Hepatitis Awareness Month” to bring attention to this disease, its symptoms, testing, and treatment options. This year, we are working with…

Meeting Report Now Available: Hepatitis C among African Americans

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African Americans are among the populations prioritized by the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) which outlines steps to educate communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment as well as actions to enhance healthcare provider knowledge about populations disproportionately impacted. A two-day forum convened…

Baby Boomers: Get Tested for Hepatitis C

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While May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month is coming to a close this week, there is an ongoing need to encourage both individuals and healthcare providers to follow the recommendations of both the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  that individuals born between 1945 and 1965 – the so-called “baby boomer” generation –…

Now Available! Archived Webinar on Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs

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Last month, as part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness of viral hepatitis among populations at risk, we were pleased to host a webinar Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs: Confronting the Growing Epidemic. Participants learned about trends in hepatitis C, new tools, and prevention messages, and also reviewed hepatitis C prevention…

2013 Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report

Division of Viral Hepatitis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Hepatitis has released the 2013 Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report, which provides data on hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States. Surveillance data are used to better understand trends in the number of persons becoming newly…