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FAQ: Can treatment kill you?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can treatment kill you?

No. Treatment can be difficult and painful due to the amount of side effects associated with IFN. Many people wait until a time when they are free from work and other obligations to start treatment. Ribavirin can also cause severe birth defects. You and your partner must use birth control if you are taking ribavirin.