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Category Archives: Hepatitis C

07.28.20

Who Bears the Burden?: How Current HCV Elimination Efforts Are Likely to Exacerbate the Existing HCV Burden on Vulnerable LGBT and Immigrant Populations

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Prashasti Bhatnagar, JD/MPH candidate at Georgetown University Law Center/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. INTRODUCTION Hepatitis C is one of the most common blood-borne infections in the United States; about 3.5 million persons are estimated to be chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the nation. Health […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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 […]

01.31.20

Policy Work Is Needed to Eliminate Barriers to Syringe Services Programs

By Sean Bland

Injection drug use has been linked to outbreaks of HIV in several jurisdictions across the United States. In 2014-2015, Scott County, Indiana, experienced an outbreak that involved 181 people being diagnosed with HIV as a result of injection drug use. This HIV outbreak in a rural community that typically saw about 5 HIV diagnoses per […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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

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

09.20.18

Congress Passes Major Opioid Response Legislation that Includes Funding to Improve Infectious Disease Surveillance

By Sonia Canzater

Monday, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act by a 99-1 vote. The Act provides many changes to several federal health and human service programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. A critical component of this legislation is the inclusion of a $40 million appropriation from 2019-2023 to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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