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Keep Moving Forward: Hep C Treatment and Recovery

Ever since the opioid epidemic began in North America, hepatitis C (Hep C) cases have been on the rise.

Fortunately, Hep C can be cured. Ask your healthcare provider about the right treatment for you.

Cure means the Hep C virus is not detected in the blood when measured 3 months after treatment is completed.


The Steps to Being Cured:

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Talk to Your Healthcare Provider:

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Understand Treatment Options:

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Find Out What Kind of Coverage You Have:

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Begin Treatment:

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Get Your Results:

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Protect the Cure:

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider:

Tell your healthcare provider that you want to treat your Hep C.

If they can’t treat you, ask to be referred to a Hep C Specialist, such as a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, or infectious disease expert.

You can also use this tool to find a Hep C Specialist near you:

FIND A HEP C SPECIALIST

Understand Treatment Options:

  • Your Hep C Specialist may run additional tests to learn more about your Hep C and how it's affecting your liver

  • After you discuss the different treatment options, you and your Hep C Specialist will choose the right treatment for you

Click here to learn more about treating your Hep C

Find Out What Kind of Coverage You Have:

Hep C treatment is covered by most private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare plans.

Your Hep C Specialist will work with your insurance company to explore your coverage.

If you have any questions, call 1-844-9-HEPCHOPE (1-844-943-7246) to discuss what resources might be available to you.

Begin Treatment:

Once your treatment is approved by your insurance provider, it will most likely be filled through a specialty pharmacy, which typically sends medications directly to you or your Hep C Specialist instead of a local pharmacy.

During the course of treatment, your Hep C Specialist may check in with you to ensure the treatment is working as it should.

Get Your Results:

Three months after treatment is completed, your Hep C Specialist will run a blood test to ensure your viral load is undetectable.

If it is detectable, talk to your provider about options.

Protect the Cure:

Achieving cure is an important step in your recovery and overall health goals.

Today’s treatments have high cure rates but can’t protect you against future reinfection.

Avoiding behaviors that lead to reinfection, such as sharing needles, can help reduce harm in your whole community.

See the most common ways Hep C is spread.

Click to speak with a live Hep C Educator

Gastroenterologist: A doctor who specializes in diseases of the digestive system. The digestive system includes the stomach, intestines, and other organs, including the liver. Since Hep C can cause liver damage, people with Hep C are often treated by gastroenterologists.

Viral Load: The amount of the Hep C virus found in your blood. Your viral load is measured with a simple blood test that is also known as the HCV-RNA test.

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