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How does treatment help with hepatitis C if you've had it for a while?

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When you see your doctor and start treatment for hep C, you can prevent, improve, or keep these problems from getting worse. There are new drugs that can clear the virus from your body in a few months with fewer side effects than older medicines. If there’s no virus in your blood 3 months after treatment, you’re considered cured.

Getting rid of the infection protects others, too. Treatment greatly lowers the odds that you’ll pass the virus to someone else.

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation Hep C 123: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Gastroenterology : “Extrahepatic morbidity and mortality of chronic hepatitis C.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Hepatitis C.”

Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease : “Extrahepatic Manifestations of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection.”

The Hepatitis C Support Project: “An Overview of Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C.”

BioDrugs : “Management of hepatitis C virus-related arthritis.”

Frontiers in Endocrinology : “Diabetes and Hepatitis C: A Two-Way Association.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atherosclerosis,” “Preventing Hepatitis B or C.”

World Journal of Gastroenterology : “Neuropsychological alterations in hepatitis C infection: The role of inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis C.”’

American Cancer Society: “Liver Cancer Risk Factors.”

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports : “A case of hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis: accelerated bone turnover controlled by pulse steroid therapy.”

American College of Rheumatology: “HCV and Rheumatic Disease.”

The Rheumatologist : “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Liver Disease Statistics.”

World Health Organization: “Hepatitis C.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Cirrhosis.”

Skeletal Radiology : “An uncommon cause of acquired osteosclerosis in adults: hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis.”

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project: “CIRRHOSIS: advanced liver disease.”

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Hepatitis C Association: “Acute Hepatitis C Infection and Spontaneous Viral Clearance in Adults and Children.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation Hep C 123: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Gastroenterology : “Extrahepatic morbidity and mortality of chronic hepatitis C.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Hepatitis C.”

Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease : “Extrahepatic Manifestations of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection.”

The Hepatitis C Support Project: “An Overview of Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C.”

BioDrugs : “Management of hepatitis C virus-related arthritis.”

Frontiers in Endocrinology : “Diabetes and Hepatitis C: A Two-Way Association.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atherosclerosis,” “Preventing Hepatitis B or C.”

World Journal of Gastroenterology : “Neuropsychological alterations in hepatitis C infection: The role of inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis C.”’

American Cancer Society: “Liver Cancer Risk Factors.”

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports : “A case of hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis: accelerated bone turnover controlled by pulse steroid therapy.”

American College of Rheumatology: “HCV and Rheumatic Disease.”

The Rheumatologist : “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Liver Disease Statistics.”

World Health Organization: “Hepatitis C.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Cirrhosis.”

Skeletal Radiology : “An uncommon cause of acquired osteosclerosis in adults: hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis.”

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project: “CIRRHOSIS: advanced liver disease.”

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Hepatitis C Association: “Acute Hepatitis C Infection and Spontaneous Viral Clearance in Adults and Children.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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