Living well key message

  • Hepatitis C treatments are very effective at curing the infection. Everyone who has Hep C should talk to their doctor about their options.
  • Eat as well as you can, drink lots of water and get enough rest. One to two cups of coffee each day may also help.
  • Fatty foods, alcohol, street drugs, cigarettes and stress are hard on your liver. If you can cut back on these, you’ll help your liver stay healthy.
  • Some medicines—including ones you get from a doctor and ones you get without a prescription (over the counter)—and complementary therapies can also be hard on the liver. Talk to your healthcare worker about which ones are OK for you.Taking care of your emotional health will help you live better with Hep C. You can talk to someone you trust about what you’re feeling.
  • Think about getting tested for HIV and other kinds of hepatitis. These viruses are often passed on in the same way.
  • Learn about how Hep C is passed on, so that you can protect others and yourself. 

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