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Long-term effects of hepatitis C

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Understand long-term effects

More than half of people with hepatitis C will never have any health problems from it. The disease generally progresses slowly, over the course of 10 to 40 years.

Here is a snapshot of the long-term effects of hepatitis C.

Out of 100 people who get hepatitis C:

  • 15 will get rid of the virus without any treatment
  • 85 will develop a chronic infection

Of those 85 who have a chronic infection:

  • About 17 will develop liver cirrhosis in their lifetime
  • About 2 will develop liver cancer