Unlike Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, a vaccine for Hepatitis C is not available.
Hepatitis C infection is treated with antiviral medications intended to clear the virus from your body. Your doctor may recommend one medication or a combination of two to three medications to be taken for 12 – 24 weeks or longer. Blood tests and doctor visits are necessary during this time so that your response to treatment can be carefully monitored and evaluated.
The purpose of using medications to treat Hepatitis C is to:
- Clear the Hepatitis C virus from your bloodstream
- Slow down progression of inflammation and scarring of your liver
- Reduce the chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer
The most important factors affecting treatment results are:
- Your Hepatitis C genotype
- Whether or not you have cirrhosis (severe scarring of the liver)
- Taking medications as prescribed; not missing doses
This page has been updated and medically reviewed April 2015.