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Addressing Viral Hepatitis at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes viral hepatitis as a highly prevalent chronic disease among Veterans in VA care. VA continues to be proactive in addressing viral hepatitis, and is actively taking part in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which is led by…

Agencies Developing Federal Action Plan to Implement Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Ten federal agencies are currently working—both individually and collaboratively—to develop a government-wide action plan to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, (Strategy) which the White House released on July 30, 2015. In the Executive Order that accompanied the release of the Updated Strategy, President Obama identified those agencies having primary competencies and responsibilities…

Announcement: ONAP to host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Listening Session at USCA!

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Summary: The Office of National AIDS Policy will host a listening session at the U.S. Conference on AIDS on National HIV/AIDS Strategy implementation. We’re pleased to announce that in conjunction with the U.S. Conference on AIDS  USCA, taking place this year in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Marquis, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)…

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…

Early Antiretroviral Therapy Prevents Non-Aids Outcomes in HIV-Infected People, NIH-Supported Study Finds

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New Findings Illustrate Manifold Benefit of Therapy Starting antiretroviral therapy early not only prevents serious AIDS-related diseases, but also prevents the onset of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other non-AIDS-related diseases in HIV-infected people, according to a new analysis of data from the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study, the first large-scale randomized clinical trial to…

Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 NIH-funded trial results likely will impact global treatment guidelines A major international randomized clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune…

Social Media Tools to Help You Observe Hepatitis Awareness Month

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, providing us with 31 days to raise awareness of viral hepatitis in the United States. Awareness activities will take place throughout the month, with Tuesday, May 19th designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day. With an estimated 3.5-5.3 million Americans living with chronic viral hepatitis, most of whom are unaware that…

Advancing Awareness and Action Against Hepatitis C among African Americans


A recent forum convened by HHS focused on strengthening the response to hepatitis C in African American communities, gathering representatives of more than three dozen organizations from across the nation to discuss ideas, opportunities, and strategies to address this significant health disparity. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection disproportionately affects African Americans, with some estimates indicating…