Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide


Goals of hepatitis C treatment

Key points

  • The main goal of hepatitis C treatment is to cure a person of hepatitis C. Cure is also called sustained virological response.
  • A person who is cured of hepatitis C will still test positive for hepatitis C antibodies.
  • There is no immunity to hepatitis C. After a person is cured of hepatitis C, they can be re-infected.
  • Everyone who has hepatitis C should speak with a service provider about their treatment options.

The main goal of hepatitis C (Hep C) treatment is to cure a person from hepatitis C. Being cured means that the Hep C virus is no longer in a person’s body.

A cure is also called a sustained virological response (SVR). A person is cured (or has an SVR) if they have a negative or undetectable hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA test result 12 weeks after the end of their Hep C treatment.

If a person is cured they will always be antibody positive but will not have any active virus in their body. However, there is no immunity against Hep C. If a person is cured from Hep C they can still get it again. This is called re-infection. To learn more about preventing Hep C, check out Prevention & Harm Reduction.

Other goals of treatment are to:

  • stop any further liver injury and prevent progression to end-stage liver disease
  • improve a person’s quality of life
  • prevent the spread of HCV to other people by eliminating the virus from the body

All people, no matter what the state of their liver disease, should be evaluated for treatment.

Resources for service providers

Resources for clients

Revised 2018.