The availability of new and improved hepatitis C antiviral drug treatments has the potential to cure the virus with a single course of treatment lasting about 12 weeks. This is a drastic change from older treatments which had many side effects and longer treatment courses. The VA has been able to cure about 40% of the known HCV cases. Veterans who are enrolled in VA can learn more about hepatitis C testing and treatment by following these simple steps: (1) if you do not know your hepatitis C status, ask your provider for the HCV test at your next appointment and (2) if you are HCV positive, contact your provider for more information about the new treatments. For more information, visit the VA Viral Hepatitis webpage.
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