Hepatitis C: Treatment

How likely are new treatments to cure hepatitis C?

Numerous studies have now shown that over 90% of people with hepatitis C genotypes 1 and 4 can be cured if they receive a combination of at least two direct-acting antivirals. Similar cure rates have been seen for genotype 2, using a combination of sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and ribavirin. Overall, these cure rates include people with cirrhosis and people who have failed to be cured by previous courses of interferon-based treatment.

Cure rates may be somewhat lower for genotype 3, especially in patients with cirrhosis.

This information was originally adapted from Hepatitis C: Understanding a silent killer, published by the European Liver Patients Association. It was updated in 2016.