New Hepatitis C Treatments Change the Course of the Disease

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Raymond Rubin, MD

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In the past, treatments for hepatitis C were difficult to tolerate and many people wouldn't be able to complete the therapy due to side effects. Now, everything has changed. Piedmont Healthcare Hepatologist Raymond Rubin, MD, explains.

The difference between the new and the old treatments for hepatitis C is drastic.

The scientists who made the newest treatments for hepatitis C are amazing. The hepatitis C virus reproduces over a quadrillion times a day, and these scientists figured out how to stop this reproduction. They’ve designed molecules that block specific proteins the hepatitis C virus makes to help it reproduce. The goal of treatment is to block these proteins until the virus disappears from the blood. The nice thing about hepatitis C is it doesn’t integrate into our DNA, like hepatitis B or HIV can; that’s why hepatitis C is curable, whereas those other two, at the moment, are not. But hopefully one day they will be.

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