Getting a hepatitis C diagnosis can be stressful, emotional and confusing.  If you’re newly diagnosed with hep C, take a deep breath, and remember there are treatments available that cure nearly everyone with hepatitis C. Work closely with a health care provider and surround yourself with the support you need. 

Here are some basic questions to ask your doctor: 

  • What tests do I need to monitor my liver health?
  • How severe is my liver disease? Do I have cirrhosis?

  • What treatments are available for hepatitis C?

  • What factors affect which treatment I should use?
  • How long will I need to be treated?
  • How likely am I to be cured?
  • What are my options if treatment doesn’t work?
  • How can I prevent getting hepatitis C again after being cured?

  • Do I need to be monitored for liver cancer?
  • What else can I do to keep my liver healthy

Make a list of any other questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to let your doctor know when you don’t understand something. It may be helpful to bring along a family member or friend to support you and take notes.