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Can Hepatitis C Be Cured on Its Own?

Reviewed on 4/2/2019

Ask a Doctor

I have hep C. When I received my diagnosis, hepatitis C had no cure, but now there is new antiviral treatment. The problem is I don’t have health insurance and can’t afford it. Is there a chance my hep C will just go away? Can hep C be cured on its own?

Doctor’s Response

Hepatitis C is a viral disease that harms the liver. About 15%–25% of people infected with the hepatitis C virus will clear it from their bodies with no medical treatment. The reason for this is not clearly understood. However, the majority of cases of hepatitis C become chronic infections.

In most cases, hepatitis C will require antiviral treatment, which can cure the disease in 90% of patients. Treatment is usually a combination of 2 or more medications and lasts 2 to 3 months. It is important to take all medications exactly as prescribed and not skip any doses. If the medications are not taken they way they are intended they may not work the way they should.

Even if you are cured of hepatitis C, you can still become infected again.

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Reviewed on 4/2/2019
References
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public. 2 November 2018. 12 November 2018 .

The doctors and editors at UpToDate. Patient education: Hepatitis C (The Basics). 2018. 12 November 2018 .

The Doctors and Editors at UpToDate. Patient education: Treatment for hepatitis C (The Basics). 2018. 12 November 2018 .
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