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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