FAQs About Treating Hepatitis C

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Raymond Rubin, MD

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Treatment for hepatitis C has changed dramatically in recent years. Piedmont Healthcare Hepatologist Raymond Rubin, MD, answers questions he hears often from his patients about treating – and curing – the disease.

1. Q: What’s the difference between the hepatitis C infection and the disease?

A: Hepatitis C is the actual infectious agent that irritates the liver. If your immune system doesn’t clear it out, it can set up shop and develop into a chronic disease. 50-70% of the time, the hepatitis C infection is not cleared out by the immune system, so it turns into a long-standing disease that has the potential to cause serious complications.

In the last few years, a lot has changed in the way we treat hepatitis C. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015