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How long does it take to treat hepatitis C?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

How long a course of treatment for hepatitis C takes depends on a few factors, including the type of the virus (genotype) you have, whether you’ve developed scarring of the liver (called cirrhosis) and whether you have been treated for the infection unsuccessfully before. In general, treatment typically ranges from 8 weeks to 48 weeks. The treatment is usually shortest in people who don’t have cirrhosis and haven’t been treated before.

There are six genotypes of the hepatitis C virus. The combination of medications used to treat the infection and the time to complete treatment vary for each genotype. Researchers are testing drug regimens that can shorten the treatment time to as little as 8 weeks in some people.

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