Even if you feel fine, hepatitis C can still be damaging your liver. If you wait until you feel sick, the virus may already have caused a lot of harm, which could be irreversible.

Curing hepatitis C also means you can’t pass it on to anyone else, although it is important to remember that you can still get it again if you come into contact with infected blood.

Many people who have been cured of hep C report feeling a lot clearer, more energetic and less anxious.

You should talk to your doctor about when is the best time for you to start treatment. The new direct acting antiviral (DAA) medicines are easy to take and most people have few or no side effects.

Find out more about treatment for hepatitis C


Department of Health and Human Services. (2018, September). Hepatitis C. Retrieved from Better Health.

Updated 20 December 2019