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White House World Hepatitis Day Event Shows Government Commitment To Confront Disease

Noting July 28 was World Hepatitis Day, Ronald Valdiserri, HHS deputy assistant secretary for health for infectious diseases and director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, writes in the AIDS.gov blog about a White House event that “brought together more than 200 stakeholders from the domestic and global viral hepatitis communities along with representatives of numerous federal agencies to put an important spotlight on U.S. efforts to confront this global health concern.” He writes, “Much of the half-day White House event was devoted to two panel discussions,” including one “about U.S. viral hepatitis health policy, programs and research” and another on “innovative programs and partnerships working to address viral hepatitis around the world.” The event “signaled the impact of both domestic and global activities undertaken by community members as well as the U.S. government to generate greater awareness of viral hepatitis and build meaningful momentum toward a day when these infections are prevented whenever possible and when they do occur, those living with the viruses are diagnosed in a timely manner and connected to lifesaving and curative treatment,” Valdiserri concludes (7/31).