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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…

Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Research Update: NIH’s Dr. Dieffenbach on CROI 2016 (Video)

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As the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  came to a close in Boston on February 25, we spoke with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about some of the highlights of the HIV research presented there. He notes that there…

Scientific Advances in HIV and HCV To Be Examined Next Week at CROI 2016

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) takes place next week in Boston, and AIDS.gov will be there. This annual scientific meeting brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related…

HepCure: Free Hepatitis C App Available for Patients and Providers to Connect and Cure

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half of all people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. are unaware of their infection and only 9% have been successfully treated and cured, despite the availability of well-tolerated curative treatments for the past several years. A major priority of the Action Plan…