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HIV, Hepatitis and Public Health Pathogens Programs (HHPHP)

HIV, Hepatitis and Public Health Pathogens Programs (HHPHP) supports and advances the mission of VHA by providing state-of-the-art clinical public health services to providers and Veterans in the areas of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis, and other public health pathogens (PHPs).

HHPHP delivers practical tools that support best practices by providers; education and communication projects designed to change provider and Veteran behavior; quality improvement initiatives that remove barriers to care; and if indicated, proposals for legislative and policy changes. HHPHP’s s expertise includes clinical knowledge, particularly infectious diseases and associated co-morbid conditions; mental health services, particularly in relation to the impact of mental health comorbidities on chronic infections due to public health pathogens; epidemiology; informatics; field-based communication, education and implementation; and project management. Over the last year, HHPHP has worked to increase access to newly available therapies for chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV), which are much more effective and much less toxic than older therapies.

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