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Presidential Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2013

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 25, 2013 Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2013 WORLD HEPATITIS DAY, 2013 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Each year, we mark World Hepatitis Day to bring attention to a disease…

World Hepatitis Day Statement

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News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2013 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 World Hepatitis Day Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh   On World Hepatitis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to combating the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Globally, one in 12 people has…

Giving Voice to the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis

Nils-Daulaire

World Hepatitis Day—observed annually on July 28—is a day to remember the millions around the world, as well as those here in the U.S., who have lost their lives to or are suffering from viral hepatitis. It is also a day to celebrate the progress we have made to prevent millions of new infections so…

RSS Feed of Viral Hepatitis Blog Posts Now Available

Corinna Dan

As we prepare to observe World Hepatitis Day on July 28, we we’d like to announce a new resource here on the blog: we’ve made available an RSS feed of all the posts about viral hepatitis. You can find it at this address: http://blog.aids.gov/category/policy/viral-hepatitis/feed. “RSS” stands for “Real Simple Syndication.” RSS feeds are a way…

FDA approves first genotyping test for patients with hepatitis C virus

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a test that identifies the genotype of hepatitis C virus (HCV) that a patient is carrying. The Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype II, which can differentiate genotypes 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5,using a sample of an infected patient’s blood plasma or serum, will aid health…

USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

USPSTF Hepatitis

The new Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) this week represents a critical step toward achieving the prevention, care and treatment goals outlined in the federal government’s Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The new recommendation updates and expands the 2004 USPSTF recommendation, giving a…

HHS releases new Public Health Service guideline to reduce disease transmission through organ transplantation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2013 Updated recommendations can reduce unexpected disease transmission in organ recipients Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline  to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of…

CDC Launches First National Campaign to Increase Hepatitis B Testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Hep B Launch Event

Editor’s note: In an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week, CDC and its partner Hep B United launched a new national public awareness campaign that encourages screening for hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The new campaign supports implementation of the federal government’s Action Plan for the…