Expert sees silver lining to removal of federal funding for HIV testing in Tennessee
“HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. — HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) programs in Tennessee are set to lose more than half of their federal funding soon as cases of HIV continue to rise. Earlier this year, the state government rejected more than $8 million in federal funds to treat and prevent HIV cases across the state. That left several programs in desperate need of money. But since that decision, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has stepped in to help those programs.”

When a prison sentence becomes a death sentence
“After spending 38 years in the Alabama prison system, one of the most violent and crowded in the nation, Larry Jordan feels lucky to live long enough to regain his freedom. The decorated Vietnam War veteran had survived prostate cancer and hepatitis C behind bars when a judge granted him early release late last year.”

US cancer deaths are falling — but not fast enough
“Death rates for most of the deadliest cancers in the United States need to fall more quickly if ambitious goals set by the president are to be met, according to a study by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI).”

U.S. needs to address cancer health equity to reduce mortality by 50 pct in 25 years: study
“”Achieving a 50 percent reduction in cancer mortality in 25 years will be impossible without addressing cancer health equity,” said U.S. National Cancer Institute Director Monica M. Bertagnolli.”

WHO and IAPAC sign a memorandum of understanding focused on ending epidemics in cities
“WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr José M. Zuniga, President/CEO of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides a framework for collaboration between the 2 institutions to advance mutual HIV and related health objectives.”

Experts: Needle exchange bill could address Hepatitis C, HIV outbreaks in Missouri
“Needle exchange programs — that provide intravenous drug users with clean needles to prevent spread of blood-borne infections like HIV or Hepatitis C — are currently illegal in Missouri, technically. Some already exist in St. Louis and Kansas City, but under current law would technically constitute “unlawful delivery of drug paraphernalia.” A Missouri House bill, which has come close to passing multiple times in the past few years, would decriminalize organizations that distribute clean needles, provided they enter a state-run registry.”

Hepatitis C Infections During Pregnancy Increased 20% From 2016 To 2020, According To A New CDC Report
“Between 2016 and 2020, there was a rise in hepatitis C infection rate among mothers giving birth. But, this heightened rate was followed by a decrease starting in 2020 and lasting through 2021.”

Government of Canada supports community-based projects addressing HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections
“QUEBEC, QC, April 28, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, during a visit to Projet L.U.N.E., the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced $18.1 million through the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) and the Harm Reduction Fund (HRF) for 23 projects to support the work of community-based organizations addressing HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI). STBBI are preventable, treatable and in many cases curable. However, these infections remain a significant public health concern in Canada and around the world.”