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Raising Awareness about Viral Hepatitis in the Hispanic Community

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During May’s month-long observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we also observe National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (NHHAD)  on May 15. NHHAD is an annual event organized by the Latino Commission on AIDS  to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and encourage testing, diagnosis, and linkage to care. We invite you to learn more about viral hepatitis among…

New Guidelines Strengthen HIV Screening and Prevention for Women

Ronald Valdiserri

During this week’s observance of National Women’s Health Week, I want to highlight some important new guidelines for physicians and other healthcare providers that will help expand and improve HIV screening and prevention services for women in the United States. ACOG’s HIV Expert Work Group Releases Committee Opinions on HIV in Women Last month, the…

How Health Departments Are Addressing the Viral Hepatitis Epidemic in the U.S.

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In my role in Washington State, I oversee the state health department’s work in the areas of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and viral hepatitis. In my role as a member of NASTAD’s Executive Committee and Chair-Elect, I work with state health department colleagues across the country, many of whom have a similar portfolio…

Spotlight on Elimination of Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B

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As we approach Mother’s Day, which happens to occur during May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is an ideal time to learn more about hepatitis B and the important steps to that can be taken to realize the goal of eliminating mother-to-infant transmission of this preventable disease. Elimination of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B…

New CDC Web Page Highlights ACA-Covered Preventive Services for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB

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Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover a set of preventive services like shots and screening tests at no cost to you. All Marketplace plans and many other plans must cover the preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible….

Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B

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Did you know that 1.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic Hepatitis B, but many more people don’t know they’re infected because they have no symptoms? Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness that can lead to…

Surgeon General Urges Physicians to Test Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C

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As we begin the observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, Acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris D. Lushniak has released a timely Surgeon General’s Perspective [PDF 936KB] in the May issue of Public Health Reports . In publication since 1878, the peer-reviewed Public Health Reports is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. In his column, Dr….

Drug Diversion in Health Care Settings Can Put Patients At Risk for Viral Hepatitis

Kimberly New

I do healthcare facility drug diversion education, program development, and investigations for a living. Drug diversion involves the diversion of drugs from legal and medically necessary uses towards uses that are illegal and typically not medically authorized or necessary. Many people find it difficult to believe that drug diversion can occur in a health care…