How long does Hep C take to damage liver?
On average it takes about twenty years for significant liver scarring to develop.
The symptoms experienced and the damage done to the liver vary dramatically from person to person.
Some people will have few, if any, symptoms for many years..
Do you have hep C forever?
For this group of people, the virus will be a short-term acute condition that goes away without treatment. But for most people, acute hepatitis C will likely develop into a chronic condition that requires treatment.
Can Hep C be cured completely?
The Hepatitis C virus is considered “cured” if the virus is not detected in your blood when measured with a blood test 3 months after treatment is completed. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR) and data suggest that you will stay virus free indefinitely.
What are the final stages of Hep C?
The hepatitis C virus slowly damages the liver over many years, often progressing from inflammation to permanent, irreversible scarring (cirrhosis). Often, people have no signs or symptoms of liver disease or have only mild symptoms for years or even decades until they develop cirrhosis.
What are the stages of Hep C?
stage 1: mild fibrosis without walls of scarring. stage 2: mild to moderate fibrosis with walls of scarring. stage 3: bridging fibrosis or scarring that has spread to different parts of the liver but no cirrhosis. stage 4: severe scarring, or cirrhosis.