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What to Know About Hepatitis C Treatment

Most people with untreated hepatitis C virus (HCV) have the virus for the rest of their lives. But treatment helps most people cure their HCV. Ask your healthcare provider about your options. Find out what treatment may work for you.

Making a decision

Deciding if you should be treated for HCV infection is easier than in the past. A cure is now possible for most people. Here are some things to think about:

  • How healthy are you?  For most people in good health, treatment cures HCV and is a good choice. Maintaining good health is beneficial in treating HCV.

  • Are the benefits worth the risks?  Treatment most often has few risks. But you should talk with your healthcare provider about the risks for you. 

  • Is now the right time?  Think about how treatment will fit into your daily life. During treatment, you may be too tired to keep up an active lifestyle. Talk with family members and close friends. Think about how treatment would fit into your life and schedule. It's very important to take your medicines exactly as directed. You can't miss any doses.

  • Do you plan to have a baby soon?  HCV can pass from mother to baby during birth. You may want to try to prevent this by getting treatment. But medicines used to treat HCV can cause problems during pregnancy. If you are planning to have a baby soon, this will likely affect your hepatitis C treatment plans. Talk with your healthcare provider.

  • Which medicine is best?  Your healthcare provider talk with you about your health history and other medicines you take. This will help you both decide which treatment is best. And will help decide how long you take it.

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