"Viral hepatitis poses a serious threat to the health of millions of Americans from all walks of life. The release of the first Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in 2011 marked the beginning of a coordinated national response to viral hepatitis in the United States. In the five years since that time, federal and nonfederal stakeholder efforts have evolved and advanced in response to the growing threat of viral hepatitis to the health of Americans. Despite this progress, viral hepatitis remains a serious threat to the health of Americans. The number of new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections has increased rapidly, prior progress in reducing new hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections has stalled, and hepatitis-related deaths have increased. We are missing key opportunities to prevent transmission, diagnose and treat infections, prevent serious disease, and - in many cases - cure people. [...] We have the knowledge and tools to save lives and win the fight against viral hepatitis. This National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017-2020 (Action Plan) uses this knowledge and these tools to prevent new infections, improve the lives of people living with viral hepatitis, and chart a course toward elimination of these public health threats. We can do so by aligning goals and sharing strategies among key partners, engaging stakeholders across all sectors, leveraging important advances, confronting challenges, and prioritizing our efforts to reach the populations most impacted."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/