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Slides Now Available! 2015 APHA Special Session: The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities

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In November at the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, OHAIDP facilitated a special session, “The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities.” Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, MPH, the session organizer and moderator, opened the 90-minute Special Epidemiology session and introduced the speakers. Scott Holmberg, MD, MPH, Chief,…

Approaches to Eliminating Perinatal HBV Transmission – Report from an HHS Technical Consultation

Ronald Valdiserri

One of the four overarching goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) is the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. To advance our efforts toward that goal, in September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a one-day technical consultation, bringing together over…

CDC Syringe Services Programs Statement

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Congress has given states and local communities, under limited circumstances, the opportunity to use federal funds to support certain components of syringe services programs. These programs provide sterile injection equipment and may also link individuals to services including HIV and hepatitis C testing and care for those infected, substance abuse treatment, and overdose prevention. Outbreaks…

2015 National HIV Prevention Conference – Closing Reflections

Ronald Valdiserri

As the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference came to a close earlier this week in Atlanta, we heard from the CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden. He highlighted some of the ideas he and colleagues shared in a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary, “Applying Public Health Principles to the HIV Epidemic — How Are…

Input Sought from Viral Hepatitis Community Stakeholders on Activities in 2014-2015

Ronald Valdiserri

In the years since 2011, when the Department of Health and Human Services released the first national Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, much of the Federal work to move towards the goals identified in the plan has been described in reports like the recently released 2014 Federal Implementation Progress Report as well as in posts shared…

Report of 2014 Federal Progress on the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Dr. Valdiserri

Today, we released the fourth annual report detailing progress made in implementing the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) [PDF 2.1MB], the first such report since the Action Plan was updated. The 2014 Federal Implementation Progress Report, [PDF 2.2MB] compiled by the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious…

Increasing Viral Hepatitis Awareness & Capacity among Nurses in AIDS Care

Corinna Dan

Recognizing the importance of building and maintaining a healthcare workforce prepared to prevent, diagnose and treat viral hepatitis, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) leadership advocates for ongoing viral hepatitis training and capacity building among their members. I recently had the honor of presenting during the annual meeting of these important allies in…

Prescription Drugs: Advancing Ideas to Improve Access, Affordability, and Innovation

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Recently, prescription drugs have been in the news a lot, particularly with respect to their cost.  Millions of Americans rely on prescription medications to manage chronic illnesses or treat acute conditions, and drug innovation has resulted in better health outcomes for people across our nation. Because of this, finding ways to improve affordability and access…