Treatment of hepatitis C

Learn how hepatitis C is diagnosed and treated.

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How is hepatitis C diagnosed?

Hepatitis C is diagnosed through blood tests.

How is hepatitis C treated?

Hepatitis C is treated using antiviral drugs.

Treatment in the first 6 months focuses on:

  • treating symptoms
  • preventing the spread of the disease
  • preventing complications, such as liver damage

For someone who has the disease beyond 6 months, treatment includes a combination of medications. However, not everyone with this form of hepatitis C will need treatment.

Whether or not you are getting treatment, you can help lower the risk of damage to your liver by:

  • avoiding alcohol
  • avoiding smoking
  • eating healthy food

Your health care provider may also vaccinate you against hepatitis A and B. These vaccines:

  • help prevent further liver damage
  • are provided free of charge in many provinces and territories
    • check with your health care provider about the availability in your local area
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