Preparing for Treatment

Many factors may help your Hepatitis C (Hep C) Specialist predict the likelihood of success with treatment, including:

  • Treatment options selected; different medicines may have different success rates
  • The type of Hep C you have, called your genotype
  • The amount of the Hep C virus in your blood—your viral load
  • The amount of damage to the liver, called your fibrosis score
  • Prior treatment experience

Important Steps You Can Take

As you may know, when you have Hep C you’re at risk for liver damage. However, healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of liver damage. Even before you begin treatment, try these small changes to get a start on better managing your Hep C:

Stop drinking alcohol

Consuming alcohol can speed up liver damage.

Move toward a healthy weight

If you are overweight, losing weight may decrease the risk of liver damage.

Eat a well-balanced diet

This can make it easier for the liver to do its job and can help repair some liver damage.

Address other health concerns

Make sure you talk to your Hep C Specialist about any physical or mental health concerns you may have or have had in the past, as they may affect future treatment.

Make a commitment to yourself and to your treatment

Studies have shown that people who follow their recommended regimen and dosages of Hep C medicines have a much better chance of being cured. Cure means the virus is not detected in the blood when measured 3 months after treatment.

Sign up for Hep C Hope today to learn more ways you may want to prepare for Hep C treatment.