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Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment Available

Hepatitis C screening is strongly recommended because an estimated 75% of the 2.7 million people in the United States living with Hepatitis C infection are unaware of their status. Talk to your ECCHC Medical Provider about being tested today. 

Common methods of spreading Hepatitis C include receiving a blood transfusion prior to the 1980’s, contaminated tattoo instruments, sharing of contaminated needles with IV drug use, sexual activity with multiple sexual partners, and any activity or practice where blood to blood contact can occur such as sharing toothbrushes and razor blades.

 Testing for Hepatitis C is very simple and inexpensive. All it requires is a small blood sample. After collection, results are available in a few days. Most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover Hepatitis C testing at no additional cost to the patient. 

 All men and women born between 1945 and 1965 (currently between age 52 and 72 years old) are recommended to receive a one-time Hepatitis C screening because 75% of all infections involve this group. Men and women who engage in IV drug use should be screened every 6 months. 

Hepatitis C can cause minor short term illness in some, but may cause long term infection in others. About 75-85% of people with an initial infection will develop a long term infection.  If left untreated long term Hepatitis C infection may cause severe liver disease, liver cancer, disability, and death.

New therapies to treat Hepatitis C infection can stop the disease progression and provide a CURE to most people. 


Hepatitis C treatment at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center is provided by Hepatitis C and HIV specialists, Dr. Adebajo and Dr. Stewart at the Cooperative’s Waverly Family Practice office located at 1228 Harden Street, Suite C, Columbia, SC 29204.  (803) 748-1181 / (803) 995-8824. 

About Us

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center was founded with the purpose of addressing the primary health care needs in the Eau Claire community, which was Columbia, South Carolina’s largest underserved collection of low-income neighborhoods.

In 1981, with a population of 35,000 and its sole practicing physician at retirement age, Eau Claire needed serious help. Initially, Dr. Stuart Hamilton launched Eau Claire Pediatrics, which quickly grew into a three-physician practice. With a local poverty rate of 25%, the practice was quite busy but could not cover its costs. A decision was made to scrap the standard private practice model, re-emerge as a non-profit, and seek grant support.

In 1993, the practice expanded to include adult primary care and became certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center “look-alike” that qualified it for enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to help cover the costs of caring for the uninsured. In 1997, OB/GYN services were added, and in 2000, the Cooperative received its first competitive federal grant.

Dental services and behavioral health services were added in 2002, followed by pharmacy services in 2004. Seasonal workers, homeless healthcare, and HIV/AIDs care programs were added in 2012.

The Cooperative was awarded a national healthcare innovation grant to pilot a home-based care program. The Cooperative has published peer-reviewed original research in conjunction with the Medical University of South Carolina and precepts nursing and medical students from multiple institutions.

The Cooperative has now grown into a four-county, multiple-outlet, 50-provider primary care group serving families of all income levels. It is South Carolina’s largest and most cost-effective community health center system, with an annual patient base exceeding 58,000 individuals.

A sliding fee scale is available for families in economic distress and no one is denied care due to an inability to pay. The Cooperative remains true to its mission of service in the spirit of the Good Samaritan.

An FTCA Deemed Facility