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Fighting a Silent Epidemic: Viral Hepatitis in the African American Community

J. Nadine Gracia

Editor’s note: During the observance of Minority Health Month, we are pleased to share a guest post from Dr. Nadine Gracia highlighting activities to address one of the racial/ethnic health disparities in viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is sometimes referred to as a silent epidemic, one that leads to more than 17,000 deaths in the U.S….

Updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Released

Dr. Koh

Today we are pleased to release an updated version of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-governmental action plan to combat chronic viral hepatitis, initially launched in 2011. The Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016) [PDF 2,068KB] builds upon the substantial progress accomplished over the past three years by agencies and offices across the…

Join Us for Launch of the Updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan on Thursday, April 3

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Next Thursday, April 3, 2014, we will launch the three-year update (2014-2016) of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. The plan provides a framework around which both federal and nonfederal stakeholders from many sectors can engage to strengthen the nation’s response to viral hepatitis. The event will be streamed…

Conversations from CROI 2014: Dr. Douglas Dieterich on Important Advances in Hepatitis C

Doug Dietrich and Dr. Valdiserri

At the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) , Dr. Ron Valdiserri sat down for an in-depth conversation with Dr. Doug Dieterich of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, who made several presentations and was involved in scientific posters shared during the conference on hepatitis C mono-infection and…

CMS Invites Comments on Proposed Decision Regarding Coverage of Hepatitis C Screening

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This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed decision memo for the National Coverage Analysis (NCA) on Medicare coverage for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in adults. They find that “the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), consistent with the grade B recommendations by…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Highlights from CROI 2014 – March 4

Carl Dieffenbach at CROI

Yesterday, March 4, was the first full day of the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston. Over 4,000 HIV/AIDS research leaders from 85 countries are gathered at the annual scientific meeting discussing their work to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. We’ve invited our colleague Dr. Carl Dieffenbach to…

NMA Experts Release Recommendations to Address Hepatitis C Among African Americans

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With an estimated 3.2 million Americans chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and an estimated 75% of them unaware of their infection, the sheer magnitude of the number of persons infected calls the nation to action. Moreover, chronic HCV infection is the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and primary liver cancer, and…

Fighting Hepatitis C Among African Americans

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February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate the achievements of African Americans in the United States. It also presents an opportunity to discuss serious health concerns that affect the African American community, including viral hepatitis and especially Hepatitis C. The most common type of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis C, with an estimated 3.2…