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Just Diagnosed - Hepatitis C for Patients

Hepatitis C is an infectious virus that can be spread from one person to another by coming in contact with infected blood. Most of those infected will not have symptoms from the virus and often do not feel sick until later stages of the disease.

Finding out you have hepatitis C can be scary at first. If you are feeling overwhelmed after you are diagnosed, try to remember that there is help and these feelings should get better over time.

The good news is:
  • Treatments are available that have extremely high success rates, with most people cured of hepatitis C after about 12 weeks of treatment.
  • Over half of those infected with hepatitis C will never have symptoms or problems associated with the infection.
  • Getting in touch with a health care team that knows how to treat the disease can help you feel better and move on with your life.
  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The CDC estimates that nearly 2.4 million Americans are living with hepatitis C.