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- The rate of new hepatitis B virus infections has increased since 2014, likely due to rising rates of injection drug use.
- Getting vaccinated helps prevent infection with the hepatitis B virus; chronic infection can lead to serious liver problems.
- Healthcare professionals can follow new recommendations for a 2-dose hepatitis B vaccine for adults, which provides another option to the existing 3-dose series.
- According to data available on AtlasPlus, more than 1,520,000 cases of chlamydia, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis were reported to CDC in 2015.
- The updated AtlasPlus provides easy access to the latest national, state, and county data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis.
- Use the AtlasPlus online tool to create charts, tables, and maps; look at trends; and see community-specific tools.
- Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients in the US have been potentially exposed to hepatitis and HIV because of unsafe injection practicesExternal.
- Healthcare providers should not administer medication from a single-dose vial or IV bagExternal to more than one patient, and patients should ask questionsExternal to protect themselves.
- Health departments can promote safe injection practices with this free healthcare provider toolkitExternal.
- Hepatitis B affects 1 in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- Two out of three Asian Americans with hepatitis B don’t know they are infected; you can send an eCard to alert people to the potential risk.
- CDC has a short, private, online Hepatitis Risk Assessment to help people find out whether they should be tested or vaccinated for viral hepatitis.
- Hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage and even liver cancer, yet up to three in four people who have it don’t know they are infected.
- According to a new CDC report, baby boomers (adults born from 1945 through 1965) account for 67 percent of cases and 72 percent of deaths among people with hepatitis C.
- CDC offers hepatitis C testing guidance for clinicians to help them identify people with the condition and link them to lifesaving medical care; CDC also offers resources for the public.
- CDC just updated the NCHHSTP Atlas with viral hepatitis and TB surveillance data.
- You can create interactive maps and charts, and view data trends over time and location for HIV, AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, viral hepatitis, and TB.
- You can also download the Atlas buttons for your websites and view a video tutorial on key features.
- Up to 75% of the 4.4 million Americans with chronic viral hepatitis don’t know they are infected.
- CDC now offers a five-minute online Hepatitis Risk Assessment that provides tailored testing and vaccination recommendations.
- May 19th is the first ever National Hepatitis Testing Day; check to see if there are any events planned in your communityExternal.
- CDC released new guidelinesCdc-pdf to keep HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis data safe, secure, and confidential.
- Ensuring common standards for data security and confidentiality allows programs to use and share data more effectively, which can improve the delivery of prevention and care services.
- You can find more information on how program collaboration and service integration is being implemented in six state and local jurisdictions.
- 4.4 million Americans have chronic Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, both leading causes of primary liver cancerExternal.
- Many Americans living with chronic hepatitis infections don’t know they’re infected; increased screening and earlier detection can save lives.
- HHS recently released the Combating the Silent Epidemic: Action Plan for Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.External
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