Even if you feel fine, hepatitis C can still be harming your liver. If you wait until you feel sick, the virus may already have caused a lot of harm. And you might not be able to heal. If you don't get treated, you could get liver failure, severe liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver cancer. 

Getting rid of hepatitis C also means you can’t pass it on to others. But you can still get it again if you come into contact with the blood of someone who has it. 

Many people who have gotten rid of hepatitis C report that they: 

  • feel more clear in your mind
  • have more energy
  • feel less worried or anxious 

Talk to your doctor about the best time for you to start taking medicines. The new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines are easy to take and most people have few or no side-effects.

Find out more about medicines for hepatitis C


Hepatitis C. Better Health Channel, Victorian Government Department of Health

Updated 14 March 2023.