Treatment for hepatitis C differs depending on whether it is an acute (new) or chronic (long-term) infection.
Hepatitis C is a liver infection that is symptomless 80% of the time. When it does present symptoms, they can mimic the flu. About 3.2 million people in the US have Hepatitis C and 3 out of 4 who are infected don’t even know they have it.Put Your Mind at Ease Today
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Antiviral medications are used to treat and manage chronic (long term) Hepatitis C infections. The medications are used over time and in a routine recommended by a physician. With proper medications, an infected person can keep their disease under control. The medications can have serious side effects and may need to be suspended or stopped in certain situations.
Individuals living with chronic hepatitis C that has resulted in serious liver disease or those who are on the verge of liver failure may be candidates for liver transplants; having their damaged liver replaced surgically with a transplanted liver.
In approximately 15-25 percent of acute hepatitis C cases, individuals with the virus are able to clear it on their own without treatment. These infections, once cleared, will not become chronic hepatitis C later.
Learning you have hepatitis C can be devastating news, but there are steps you can take to help take care of your liver’s health.
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on Jun 18, 2019
Written by Lauren Crain on Dec 12, 2017