12 Ways to Prepare for Hepatitis C Treatment

12 Ways to Prepare for Hepatitis C Treatment

Not every person infected with hepatitis C requires treatment. As many as one-fourth of infected people will clear the virus from their systems without it. For those whose immune systems need a helping hand, doctors typically recommend a treatment regimen lasting several months with two or three medications. This therapy can have serious side effects, so head into it with the knowledge and resources you'll need to cope.

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