TODAY & TOMORROW - National Summit to Improve Access to HCV Testing, Treatment, and Cure -June 17th & 18thCDC and the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition invite you to view a webcast of a National Summit today, June 17th – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT and tomorrow, June 18th - 8:30 am- 5:00 pm EDT. Recommendations from CDC and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for HCV testing and the licensure of safe, highly effective therapies that can cure HCV infection in up to 90% of those treated create a unique opportunity for communities to implement strategies that improve the continuum of HCV testing, care and treatment. Experts will explore strategies for linkage to care by increasing capacity of health care providers, leveraging the health system, and effectively reaching key populations. Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCVSummit.
Hepatitis C Timeline: 25 Years of Discovery2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus. Since the virus was discovered in 1989, significant public health and research advances have led to great progress in curbing new infections and developing life-saving treatment options. Unfortunately, millions of Americans continue to live with this disease and most don’t know they are infected. Explore this timeline to learn more about the highlights and milestones from the past 25 years of Hepatitis C discovery.http://www.cdc.gov/
National African American Hepatitis C Action Day 2014July 25th is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day. The day is a commemoration designed to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of the Hepatitis C epidemic on African American communities. CDC is joining the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. to help promote the day in an effort to increase Hepatitis C awareness, increase Hepatitis C testing among baby boomers, and increase access to treatment for individuals infected with the Hepatitis C virus. A tool kit is available to help get your National African American Hepatitis C Action Day planning underway.