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Author Archives: Sonia Canzater

04.15.20

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Brief on Expanding Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment in Correctional Facilities

By Sonia Canzater

The O’Neill Institute’s Hepatitis Policy Project recently released its latest issue brief, Correctional Institutions Are A Critical Intervention Point For Hepatitis C Elimination, written by Senior Associate Sonia Canzater, on the integral role expanding hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and treatment in the nation’s jails and prisons could play in the effort to eliminate HCV […]

01.27.20

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Release Report Recommending Improvements to Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Treatment Services

By Sonia Canzater

On January 23, 2020, the National Academies released a report with recommendations to improve opioid and infectious disease treatment in the U.S. This report was informed by consultations of the nation’s leading experts in addiction medicine, infectious disease, and social determinants of health. The opioid epidemic and increasing rates of infectious diseases such as viral […]

11.15.19

Legislators Should Think Outside the Box to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – Support of Safe Injection Sites is An Opportunity to Prevent Diseases and Overdose Deaths

By Sonia Canzater

Many communities that hard being hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic are looking for innovative ways to increase efforts to reach out to PWID and reverse the exponential increases in overdose deaths, infectious disease, and substance use in their regions by operating supervised safe injection sites. The city of Philadelphia is well on its […]

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09.10.19

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Brief on Expanding Syringe Service Programs as an Essential Tool to Achieve Hepatitis C Elimination in the U.S.

By Sonia Canzater

Institute Senior Associate Sonia Canzater and Infectious Diseases Initiative Program Director Jeffrey S. Crowley have authored the Hepatitis Policy Project’s latest “Big Ideas” issue brief that explains how expanding the number of syringe service programs (SSPs) is essential to improve the health of people with substance use disorder and stop the spread of hepatitis C […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

06.13.19

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Report on Eliminating Hepatitis C Among People Living with HIV

By Sonia Canzater

The Hepatitis Policy Project has released a new brief that makes recommendations for how the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program can leverage its role at the forefront of the nation’s HIV response to also play a significant role in eliminating hepatitis C (HCV) in the U.S. by expanding screening and testing within its clinical network. The […]

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05.17.19

May 19th is NATIONAL HEPATITIS TESTING DAY – Get vaccinated. Get tested. Get treated. Get CURED!

By Sonia Canzater

This Sunday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day. The day reminds us of the significant health threat viral hepatitis can be, the means of prevention and treatment of infections, and the importance of regular screenings. The U.S. saw approximately 4,000 new cases of Hepatitis A in 2016. Hepatitis A (HAV) causes headache, fatigue, and […]

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01.23.19

Living in Fear of News Headlines: The Struggle to Maintain Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s Hostile Social Climate

By Sonia Canzater

I am scheduled to write a post to this blog about once a month. I usually scan through the most recent headlines in public health and health care to write about a timely issue. However, of late I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bleak information in today’s news – spanning from the mildly […]

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12.21.18

While Lawmakers Focus on Fixing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural White America, Urban Black Men are Falling Victim to it at Catastrophic Rates… And No One Seems to Care

By Sonia Canzater

Recent reports released by the CDC and the Washington, DC Medical Examiner’s Office are sounding the alarm of the toll opioid drug misuse is having on the lives of District residents. The CDC reports that Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., at 44.0 deaths per 100,000 […]

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11.05.18

Being Sick Can Land You in Jail: Hepatitis C Criminalization

By Sonia Canzater

Several U.S. states have laws that criminalize knowingly exposing another to viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases. The definitions of the crimes and severity of penalties vary. Some states specifically target diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis in the statutes, while others impose penalties for exposing others to any infectious diseases.  While opinions on […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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