Updated Action Plan Against Viral Hepatitis Released
Federal agency partners released an updated version of Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2011), the first cross-agency action plan to fight viral hepatitis.
This 3-year renewal expands upon the accomplishments since 2011 by agencies from the Department of Health and Human Services, Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs. The comprehensive plan continues to pursue the prevention of new infections, improvement of the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients living with chronic hepatitis C.
The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan includes more than 150 actions to implement between 2014 and 2016 by the 14 federal agencies or offices. The 4 major national goals to be achieved by 2020 are as follows:
- Increase in the proportion of persons who are aware of their hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, from 33% to 66%
- Increase in the proportion of persons who are aware of their hepatitis C virus infection (HCV), from 45% to 66%
- Reduce by 25% the number of new cases of HCV infection
- Eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HBV
The full Action Plan for the Prevention Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016) can be found here.
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