Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide


Acute hepatitis C treatment

Some people are diagnosed with hepatitis C when the infection is in the acute phase (meaning they are diagnosed within the first six months after exposure and infection with the virus). When this is the case, a healthcare provider might recommend waiting a few weeks to see if the body clears the virus on its own. If it seems unlikely that the body will clear the virus itself, a healthcare provider might recommend starting hepatitis C treatment.

Treatment is a combination of direct-acting anti-viral medications. The length of treatment is generally either eight or 12 weeks. Your doctor will advise you about your options.

Acute hepatitis C used to be easier to treat than chronic hepatitis C, but with improved treatments the cure rates for both are very high.

Revised 2017.