HEPATITIS ACTION PLAN CELEBRATES 2ND

This month marks the 2nd Anniversary of Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis – and over the past two years, with your support, we have been able to achieve: Improved federal coordination and collaboration – The Action Plan has fostered enhanced engagement and unprecedented collaboration across federal government. To pursue the Action Plan’s goals, a working group comprised of representatives from the U.S. … [Read more...]

NEW NIH AWARD AIMS TO REDUCE ASIAN AMERICAN HEPATITIS B

NEW NIH AWARD AIMS TO REDUCE ASIAN AMERICAN HEPATITIS B DISPARITIES THROUGH HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major preventable … [Read more...]

HHS celebrates Black History Month, also reminded of troubling Hepatitis C disparities

As we celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American community. African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population, according to the CDC. While African Americans represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they make up roughly 22 percent of the estimated 3.2 million persons with chronic HCV infection. Moreover, chronic … [Read more...]

Liver Meeting™ Highlights, Corinna Dan

  Every fall, hepatitis and liver disease experts gather to share the latest viral hepatitis research and treatment updates at the Liver Meeting™ . I had the opportunity to attend this year’s meeting, held last month in Boston. The meeting was particularly exciting because it featured new information about many novel Hepatitis C treatments currently in development as well as the latest updates about how to best use currently available treatments. Corinna Dan There were numerous … [Read more...]

Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

  Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders March 1, 2012 By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   Our colleagues at SAMHSA have just released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders. This is an important and helpful step toward … [Read more...]

February’s observance of African American History Month

Making History: Eliminating Viral Hepatitis Disparities in the African American Community February 10, 2012 By J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Acting Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. J. Nadine Gracia During February’s observance of African American History Month, please join us in working to end the unfortunate history of viral hepatitis’ disproportionate impact on the African American community. This Administration is working … [Read more...]

Hepatitis Awareness Month – May 2011

The Impact of HIV-Hepatitis Co-Infection May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, an observance intended to remind us of the high, under-recognized hepatitis-associated disease burden in this country and of the often neglected opportunities for prevention and care. An estimated 3.5-5.3 million Americans have chronic viral hepatitis, which is a leading cause of primary liver cancer. People living with HIV are disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis and the related adverse health … [Read more...]

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