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Hep C can be cured

Newer treatments for hepatitis C, called direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens, are the standard of care for chronic hep C in the United States. DAAs help stop the virus from multiplying and spreading to other cells.

Years ago, hep C treatments took a long time and required injections. Today’s treatments are all oral and can be completed in as few as 8–24 weeks. Additionally, many of today's treatments have high cure rates of 95% or higher. A patient is considered cured if the hepatitis C virus is not detectable in their blood months after treatment has ended.

Evolution of hep C treatment

Older Hep C Treatment

Interferon-based therapies

Current Hep C Treatment

Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs)

DURATION OF THERAPY

OLDER

CURRENT

24-48

weeks

8-24

weeks

40-50%

90-100%

Treatment duration depends on several factors, such as genotype.

ADMINISTRATION

OLDER

CURRENT

Injection +/- pill

Pill form

CURE RATES*

CURRENT

Current therapies have high cure rates of 95% or greater according to clinical studies

*Being cured means the hepatitis C virus is not detectable in your blood months after treatment has ended.

SIDE EFFECTS

CURRENT

Fewer side effects vs. older interferon-based therapies

Remember, hep C can be cured.

Follow these simple steps to take action:

  1. Download or email yourself the Healthcare Professional Discussion Guide to prepare talking points before your next appointment.
  2. Share your answers with your primary healthcare professional.
  3. Ask if getting treated is an option for you.

How do my healthcare professional and I decide on treatment?

Your healthcare professional will look at your health history and decide if treatment is right for you. The treatment you receive and the length of treatment may depend on:

  • how much virus is in your body (viral load)
  • your genotype of hep C
  • whether you have liver damage
  • whether or not you’ve been treated previously
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