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For clients, family members and the public, current hepatitis C information is vital. Derek Sisting, SLO Hep C Project's Health Counselor, provides current treatment information, is a link to the medical community for the agency and, for clients, and is able to give referrals to physicians, discuss drug side effects and disease progression. Counseling available in both English and Spanish.


Insurance and benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance programs can be confusing and daunting to those trying to utilize them. SLO Hep C Project's Benefits Counselor, Cathy Lewis, helps our clients access the benefits that they are entitled to. Cathy can also help with access to programs for housing assistance.


Assistance is available to SLO Hep C Project's clients from access:

  • Counseling
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Medical Exams
  • Lab tests (including liver biopsy)
  • Food Pantry


SLO Hep C Project provides practical assistance for clients, such as transportation to appointments, housekeeping, meal preparation or food delivery and companionship, SLO Hep C Project's Volunteer Coordinator, Karla Quiroga, matches client needs and volunteer availability.


Several times a year, SLO Hep C Project provides informational forums for clients and interested community members. Topics include treatment issues, nutrition, psycho-social issues, benefits information, personal budgeting, etc.

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Get Tested. Get Treated. Get Cured.

Here are 3 reasons why You should get tested for Hep C:

  1. You could have Hep C even if you feel fine! It can take 30 years for you to develop any symptoms. Untreated, the virus could cause significant damage to your liver, including cancer or cirrhosis.
  2. If you do have Hep C, new treatments have improved dramatically and even have an over 90% cure rate! The sooner you get tested, the quicker you can get treatment!
  3. You are especially at risk for Hep C if you were born between 1945-1965; if you’ve ever used IV drugs; or, if you received a blood transfusion before 1990.

The test is quick, easy, and, thanks to generous funding from Dignity Health Community Grants Program, confidential Hep C testing is now available to you FREE at locations throughout SLO County!

Call us or any of our community partners and we’ll get you connected to a testing site near you!

The SLO Hep C Project
(805) 543-4372

The Center
(805) 544-2478

The Noor Clinic
(805) 439-1799

Planned Parenthood
(888) 898-3806

Public Health Department Family Clinic
(805) 748-4878



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How Can I Help

Our community has a rich history of volunteerism – people are always looking for ways to give back. The SLO Hep C Project offers a wide variety of ways to be involved, to touch a life, to leave a legacy, to make a difference. Click on the buttons below to find option is the best fit for you, or contact us to talk about how you feel you might be able to help.

All of us at the SLO Hep C Project appreciate your generosity, your time and your talents.

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