for Veterans and the Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can be treated for hepatitis C?
Treatment decisions should be made by both you and your doctor.
- Treatment regimens exist for all genotypes.
- Treatment regimens exist for HCV-HIV coinfection.
- Treatment regimens exist for patients who cannot take interferon.
- Treatment regimens exist for all stages of disease (the degree of scarring in the liver).
- Treatment regimens exist for patients who have taken treatment in the past but were not successful.
Factors that may be considered in determining if you should be treated and if so, with what medication:
- Disease stage (how much scarring has occurred in the liver)
- Genotype (eg genotype 1) and subtype (eg genotype 1a)
- Risks and benefits to you
- Complications of hepatitis C such as ascites or encephalopathy or kidney disease
- Being able to safely take or tolerate interferon or being able to take ribavirin
- Being a compliant patient able to take medications and come to visits and blood tests as needed
- Other viral infections, such as HIV
- Previous treatment course and outcome