Chronic hepatitis C is a liver disease that can have serious consequences. It is important to remember that many people do not experience symptoms or disease progression, but there is no way to know in advance who will and who won’t develop serious disease progression. Many people who do eventually experience disease progression may remain relatively symptom-free for many years, but some develop severe disease that can result in liver failure or death. This is why it is so important that people with hepatitis C are closely monitored by knowledgeable medical providers and have access to appropriate healthcare and treatment.
Current medications to treat hepatitis C can now cure up to 100% of people who take them. Until people can be treated with HCV medications, lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, exercise, and stress management can help alleviate the side effects of living with hepatitis C. Ultimately, as a person living with hepatitis C, you have the most important role in your health maintenance. Education, support, and a good relationship with a healthcare provider will help ensure that you receive the best possible medical care.
The HCV Advocate website offers information about almost every topic about hepatitis C. The best place to start is the search button located on the main page. Other good sources of information are the web pages that contain our fact sheets and comprehensive guides, and the latest treatment information.
We hope this information has helped you to understand the hepatitis C virus and how it can affect your physical and emotional health. We are always open to suggestions or ideas to improve our information and services; to get in touch, please use the contact form on hcvadvocate.org.