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Integrating Hepatitis Services into HIV Programs: NACCHO Shares the Local Health Department Perspective at USCA

On September 10-13, the 19th Annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)  was held in Washington, DC. USCA brings together public health workers, advocates, policy makers, and people living with HIV to share strategies and ideas for how to tackle the HIV epidemic. The conference theme, “The numbers don’t lie: It’s time to end disparities,”…

Identifying Strategies to Eliminate Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission

The elimination of perinatal hepatitis B transmission—transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth—is one of the four overarching goals of the national Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. With fewer than 1,000 estimated cases of perinatal HBV infection occurring each year in the U.S., many see elimination as an achievable goal. Toward…

The NCHHSTP Atlas: Putting CDC Data to Work for You

Editorial Note: “See data differently. See it better!” You may have seen this tweet  from Dr. Mermin about the NCHHSTP Atlas. Here is a blog with more information about the tool.  It is easier to fight what you can see. That’s certainly true in a sport like boxing. It is also, perhaps surprisingly, true in…

HCV Current Initiative: Addressing the National Epidemics of Prescription Opioid misuse and Hepatitis C through Unique Partnerships

Recently, there has been a spotlight on America’s prescription opioid misuse and overdose epidemics.  However, too often, people remain unaware of the related hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an estimated 150% increase in new HCV infections from 2010 to 2013 and, further, that most of the…

Free Helpline and App for Hepatitis C Patients Offer Peer Support and Self-Care Tools

Viral hepatitis is known as the silent epidemic, because it is a disease that is both under-recognized and underdiagnosed. Hepatitis can result from infection with several different viruses, including hepatitis C virus (HCV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 3.2 million people are chronically infected with HCV and that nearly half are…

Saluting Community Health Centers: Vital Partners in Fighting HIV and Hepatitis

This week we join public health and health care colleagues across the U.S. in saluting the 50th anniversary of the nation’s network of community health centers during National Health Center Week.  First established in 1965 as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, today there are over 1,300 health centers supported by…

HHS World Hepatitis Day Observance Showcased Progress & Collaboration

On July 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted the fifth annual observance of World Hepatitis Day to continue raising awareness of the burden of viral hepatitis both here in the U.S. and around the world. Globally, viral hepatitis affects 400 million people and kills over 1.4 million people annually , and…

Three Tips for Redesigning a Website for the HIV and Hepatitis Communities

Earlier this year, the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors  (NASTAD) launched a new website  to enhance our communication with state health department staff who implement HIV and hepatitis programs in the United States. The website redesign is one outcome of our work to develop a communications strategy that is responsive to the…