Can chronic hepatitis C be treated?
The goal of chronic hepatitis C treatment is sustained virologic response (SVR). SVR means the hepatitis C virus cannot be measured in your blood at a predetermined time after you finish all treatment.
- Your healthcare provider will use a blood test to measure the level of virus (called viral load) in your body
- Viral load is measured in international units, or IU, per milliliter of blood
- SVR is achieved if there are less than 25 IU of virus per milliliter of blood at 12 weeks after the end of treatment
Considerations before starting treatment
You should discuss possible treatment with your healthcare provider.
Some important things to know about treatment:
- Treatment may not be right for everyone. For example, you may be taking a medicine or have a medical condition that does not allow you to be treated
- Treatments for chronic hepatitis C can take as little as 3 months to complete
- Most patients who are treated for chronic hepatitis C experience side effects
Your healthcare provider can help you decide if treatment is right for you. If you need help starting the conversation, check out the interactive discussion guide in Talking to your doctor.Learn more