|Gear Up for World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
Viral hepatitis affects more than 400 million people worldwide and has led to more than 1.3 million deaths globally in 2015. In the United States, an estimated 4 million people are chronically infected and more than 21,000 people died of hepatitis B and hepatitis C-related causes in 2015. Driven by the opioid epidemic, we are losing ground in the fight against new viral hepatitis infections; progress on hepatitis B prevention has stalled and some states have seen increases; and new hepatitis C infections have increased almost 300% from 2010 to 2015.
On July 28th, World Hepatitis Day, join the World Hepatitis Alliance and other international partners to raise awareness, expand testing, improve care & treatment, and make progress towards global viral hepatitis elimination. This year’s theme is Eliminate
Hepatitis, and a variety of resources are available to get involved and share information with your networks. Learn more and do more by:
VIRAL HEPATITIS BLOGS
July 11 Webinar – National African American HCV Action Day (7/25). July 11, 2017
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS hosted a webinar entitled “Why We Need a National African American Hepatitis C Action Day”. Read more.
Finding Community in Maine and New Hampshire’s Opioid Epidemic. July 7, 2017
The second in a series of blogs from HHS Secretary Dr. Thomas E. Price as he conducts a national opioids listening tour. Read more.
Chicago Docs Introduced to Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, Encouraged to Engage. June 30, 2017
Chicago Medicine article, co-authored by HHS colleagues, highlights the recent response and insights of the role healthcare providers play in achieving the goals of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Read more.
Viral Hepatitis in the News: Motivational HCV Interviewing Videos Available on HCV Current. June 27, 2017
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center developed motivational interviewing vignettes to facilitate provider-patient discussion on HCV testing. Read more.
New NIDA Funding Opportunity on HIV/HCV Co-Infections in Substance Abusers. June 23, 2017
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support clinical and epidemiological research for prevention and research of HIV/HCV co-infection in substance abusers. Read more.
IN THE NEWS
- CDC recently released the Division of Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan 2016-2020:Bringing Together Science and Public-Health Practice for the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis. June 2017
- The National Library of Medicine updated their resource page on HIV and viral hepatitis coinfection. June 20, 2017
- AARP Connecticut published a story to increase awareness of hepatitis C among the state’s residents 50 years and older. June 20, 2017
- CDC released the full Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2015, including incidence and trends by state and age group. June 19, 2017
- A viewpoint of the opioid crisis from the private health insurance claims database, showing a 6-fold increase in opioid use disorders between 2012 and 2016. June 18, 2017
- A hopeful plea for the future of hepatitis B elimination provided by the director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. June 17, 2017
- Perelman School of Medicine releases new report explaining how using kidneys from donors with hepatitis C may be a viable approach to increasing transplantation rates. June 15, 2017
- VA is working in the deep South to conduct outreach and test baby boomer Veterans for hepatitis C. June 14, 2017