May 29, 2013
HopeHealth Edisto in South Carolina is observing Hepatitis Awareness Month with free hepatitis C screenings Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. According to Site Director Sallie Bachman, the goal is to link people to treatment as soon as possible to avoid further damage or complications from the disease. Bachman explained that screening was important with this disease as individuals could still end up with liver damage even though they might not feel sick. After May's observation of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the state will conduct hepatitis C screenings at the clinic building and in designated places as requested, just as with HIV screenings. The hepatitis test takes 20 minutes. For more information on testing, contact HopeHealth by phone at (803) 5352272. For information about hepatitis B and C risk or testing sites, call the Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC's) toll-free hotline at 18003222437 or visit the DHEC Web site at www.scdhec.gov/stdhiv. Individuals also can visit CDC's hepatitis C self-assessment tool at www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis.