hepatitis C

HHS: Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Updates & Request for Support

Dear Colleagues,
 
We write for two reasons, to update you on our progress in developing and releasing the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017 – 2020 and to ask for you to help us raise awareness of the HHS.gov/hepatitis website.
 
As you may recall, last April our federal partners met and agreed to develop an updated National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP). Since that time, we have worked with the 23 federal partners that compose the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group. We have also worked diligently to capture key issues identified by our nonfederal partners. Although the process has been time intensive, the result will be an evidence-based, responsive road map for the nation to combat hepatitis B and hepatitis C for 2017 – 2020. The new NVHAP will identify measurable, aspirational 2020 goals and annual targets that will need to be met or exceeded if we are to achieve our goals.
 
Finalizing the Action Plan and preparing it for release has taken longer than anticipated. It is now in clearance and we hope to release the document in early 2017. We’ll follow up with you when a release date is established.
 
Last May, on National Hepatitis Testing Day, HHS launched our new viral hepatitis website, http://www.hhs.gov/hepatitis/. We write to ask for your help to raise awareness about these viral hepatitis pages by linking to them on your webpages. These dedicated viral hepatitis pages include resources such as:
 
· The Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and information about the federal agencies involved in its implementation and progress in achieving its goals
 
· Links to federal policies and guidelines that help advance our work to achieve national viral hepatitis goals
 
· The latest blog posts from HHS and community leaders on key viral hepatitis topics.
 
· Facts, data, tools, and training that individuals and community partners can use to help win the battle against viral hepatitis
 
· Online federal tools for assessing hepatitis risk and locating viral hepatitis testing and vaccine providers
 
The new HHS web pages provide easy access to viral hepatitis resources from across the federal government. The Viral Hepatitis Action Plan recognizes that achieving its goals will require active involvement of and by a broad mix of stakeholders from various sectors, including federal, state and local; both public and private. We are committed to continuing to expand the site and have plans for doing so in 2017. That is why we are asking you to help to raise awareness about these viral hepatitis pages and resources by placing a link to them on your webpages.
 
We’re also now on Twitter at: @HHS_ViralHep. Please join the viral hepatitis conversation online by following us. We share updated website content, upcoming Twitter chats, and other current opportunities to join efforts to implement the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and to learn more about what others are doing in communities across the country.
 
Please check out this new resource in our fight against viral hepatitis and help us spread the word about the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and advances in our national efforts to your communities.
 
Sincerely,

Rich Wolitski
Director
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Department of Health and Human Services
 
Corinna Dan
Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor

Hepatitis C Infection Could Mean Heart Trouble

New article via John Hopkins Medicine

“People infected with the hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the results of a new Johns Hopkins study now show the infection may also spell heart trouble…We have strong reason to believe that infection with hepatitis C fuels cardiovascular disease, independent of HIV and sets the stage for subsequent cardiovascular trouble,” says study principal investigator Eric Seaberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We believe our findings are relevant to anyone infected with hepatitis C regardless of HIV status.”

Want to read more?  Click the link-

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hepatitis_c_infection_may_fuel_heart_risk

May 19th is National Hepatitis Testing Day!

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FREE Hepatitis C testing across Colorado in honor of National Hepatitis Testing Day!

More than 4 million Americans have been infected with Hepatitis C.  More than 75% were born between 1945 and 1965.  Half don’t realize they were exposed because they haven’t been tested.

Help us change that – if you’ve never been tested for Hepatitis C before, take charge of your health on National Hepatitis Testing Day!  Testing will be available at 15 locations around Colorado on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.  No appointments required.  Just walk in, get tested with a quick fingerstick, and get your results in 20 minutes!

Hep C Connection and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are teaming up with nine other organizations to offer this free service, including Colorado’s regional AIDS service organizations and local county health departments.

Want to locate a testing site near you for May 19th?  Refer to the chart below:

City Location / Testing Organization Address Timeframe
Boulder Boulder County AIDS Project 2118 14th St 10AM – 5PM
Boulder Boulder County Public Health 3482 Broadway 8AM – 4PM
Denver Webb Municipal Building / Hep C Connection 201 W Colfax Ave 9AM – 3PM
Denver Scales’ Pharmacy / Hey Denver 1999 Pennsylvania St 3PM – 8PM
Denver Avella Specialty Pharmacy / Denver Colorado AIDS Project 1245 E Colfax Ave, Suite 102 10AM – 3PM
Denver Tri-County Health Department North Broadway Office 7000 N Broadway,

Suite 400

9AM – 12PM
Fort Collins Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope / Northern Colorado AIDS Project 242 Conifer St 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Grand Junction Grand Valley Catholic Outreach / Western Colorado AIDS Project 245 S 1st St 8AM – 11AM
Grand Junction Western Colorado AIDS Project 805 Main St 11AM – 5PM
Longmont Boulder County Public Health 529 Coffman St, #200 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Northglenn Tri-County Health Department Northglenn Office 10190 Bannock St, Suite 100 3PM – 5:30 PM
Pueblo Senior Resource Development Authority / Hep C Connection & Southern Colorado AIDS Project 230 N Union Ave 1PM – 5PM
Pueblo Pueblo City-County Health Department 101 W 9th St 1PM – 4PM

 

Testing will also be offered at the Aurora Central Library (14949 E Alameda Parkway) on the previous day (May 18th) by Tri-County Health Department from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

PrEP Users’ Sexually Acquired Hep C Suggests Need for Routine Testing

Evidence of sexual acquisition of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis through a San Francisco clinic has prompted a call for routine monitoring for the virus among PrEP users. In a letter to the editor in Clinical Infectious Diseases, clinicians from Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center describe new cases of hep C among two men out of 485 HIV-negative MSM receiving PrEP at the clinic between February 2011 and December 2014.

Read the full report from AIDSMeds.com.  

Take a Hep C selfie…our blogger did!

Becoming part of this growing movement is simple: take a photo of yourself, forming a C with your hand and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #selfieHepatiteC. Over 2.5 million #selfieHepatiteC photos have already been posted to help fight stigma and encourage people to get tested. From patients and their families to the general public and celebrities, the movement that started in Brazil now needs your support to become a global campaign!

#selfieHepatiteC