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Uniting to Combat Hepatitis B

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In late May, during National Hepatitis Awareness Month, local coalitions from all over the country came together for the second Hep B United Summit. Hep B United  is a national campaign to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer; it is composed of 20 state and local coalitions  working together to combat this “silent epidemic.”…

Medicare Will Cover Hepatitis C Screening in Primary Care Settings

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein

On June 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its determination that hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening will be covered by Medicare for adults in primary care. Specifically, the determination stated that CMS will cover HCV screening when ordered by a beneficiary’s primary care physician or practitioner within the context of…

Expanding Roles and Opportunities for Nonfederal Stakeholders to Implement the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

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On April 4th 2014, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) convened a full-day consultation to explore opportunities for nonfederal stakeholders to engage in the implementation of the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014–2016) [PDF 2.01MB]. Consultation participants represented a variety of sectors including community leaders,…

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis B in the AAPI Community

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As part of CDC and Hep B United’s Know Hepatitis B campaign, this infographic provides information in a visual and easy-to-understand format. As May is both Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Hepatitis Awareness Month, we are reminded of the staggering impact of Hepatitis B in the AAPI community. AAPIs comprise approximately five percent of the U.S….

New USPSTF Recommendation on Hepatitis B Screening for People at High-Risk

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On Monday, May 26th, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force)  published its final recommendation statement on screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in individuals at high risk. This recommendation includes adults and adolescents who are not pregnant and who have not been vaccinated, as well as other individuals at high risk for…

Introducing a Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Stakeholders’ Workbook

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We’ve found it exciting to see the variety of activities in observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month being organized by our federal partners as well as many important nonfederal stakeholders, including health departments, community-based organizations, patient advocacy organizations, and others. (Find activities taking place near you using this page from CDC.) “Sustaining – and expanding still…

Observing National Hepatitis Testing Day

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Next Monday, May 19th, is the third national Hepatitis Testing Day, established to raise greater awareness of an epidemic that is too often unrecognized. Millions Living with Undiagnosed Infections There are approximately 3.5–5.3 million Americans living with chronic viral hepatitis, but most of them do not know that they are infected since it may take…

What Every Women Needs to Know about Hepatitis B and C

Corinna Dan

As we observe both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is the opportune time to raise awareness about hepatitis B and hepatitis C among women. Chronic viral hepatitis affects 3.5-5.3 million Americans—including millions of women—and most are unaware of their infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to…