Taking Action

Is Treatment Right for Me?

If treatment is recommended, you will want to discuss it with your loved ones before making a final decision.  Antiviral medications can cause strong side effects and treatment often lasts for one year.  This may lead to needing assistance from family or friends and taking time off from work.

If you decide not to be treated with medications, your doctor will want to monitor you closely with blood tests and possibly a liver biopsy every few years to check for damage to your liver.  In addition, talk to your doctor about other steps you can take to manage your Hepatitis C.

Some people who originally decide not to have treatment for their Hepatitis C may later decide they want to try antiviral medications.