Treating
Hep C

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There Are So Many Reasons to Get Treated

Today’s hepatitis C (Hep C) treatments generally have cure rates of 95% or higher, without the harsh side effects of previous medicines.

Even people who couldn’t cure their Hep C in the past may have success with treatment.

Hep C treatments work in different ways and are not all the same. Your Hep C Specialist will determine which treatment is right for you.

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

Today’s Hep C Treatments

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Cure rates generally
95% or higher
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Some common side effects are headache and tiredness
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12 weeks or less of treatment needed for most people
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Taken orally—not an injection

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

There are several Hep C treatments that you and your healthcare provider can consider.

It’s important to understand their key differences, benefits, and risks, and choose one that fits your specific health profile and individual needs.

Your Hep C History

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you’ve been previously treated for Hep C, have cirrhosis of the liver, or have a liver transplant

  • Today’s Hep C treatments have different benefits and risks when it comes to you and your liver. Talk to your healthcare provider about available treatments, and discuss which one is right for you

Your Routine

  • Ask your healthcare provider about how treatment can impact your routine, such as food requirements, time you have to take your medicine, and frequency of blood tests and office visits

Your Other Medicines

  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including birth control, antacids, and cholesterol treatments. Hep C treatment may affect how well other medicines work or cause additional side effects when combined

  • If you're already taking other medicines, you may want to know how many pills you'll have to take during Hep C treatment, so that you can manage your overall care plan. Ask your healthcare provider for details.

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:

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

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.

SEE INSURANCE COVERAGE

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. This means you're cured.

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

Working With a Hep C Specialist

Hear from real specialists about Hep C, Hep C cures, and why you shouldn’t wait to get treated.

Finding a Hep C Specialist

Hep C treatments can be prescribed by many different Hep C Specialists, including gastroenterologists, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, and addiction medicine specialists.

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Gilead Sciences is providing this information to help patients find Hep C Specialists so that patients can determine who is the best fit for them.

No fees have been received or paid by healthcare providers for participation in this locator service. Inclusion of a healthcare provider in this directory does not represent an endorsement by or a recommendation from Gilead Sciences, nor does it reflect an endorsement by the provider of Gilead Sciences or Gilead Sciences products.

You are ultimately responsible for the selection of a healthcare provider, and it is an important decision that you should consider carefully. This Hep C Specialist locator tool is just one source of information available to you. All healthcare provider information is self-reported or provided by a publicly available third-party source.

Hep C Treatment and Insurance

Think you can’t afford to get treated? Hep C treatments are covered by most private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare plans.

Your Hep C Specialist will work with your insurance company to identify your coverage and possible financial support options.

If you don’t have insurance, there are also resources available to help. Call 1-844-9-HEPCHOPE (1-844-943-7246) to discuss what resources might be available to you.

TREATING HEP C AND RECOVERY

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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