Spotlight Series on Hepatitis C

Answering Patients' Frequently Asked Hepatitis C Questions

February 6, 2014

Hepatitis C (HCV) infection can be a confusing disease for patients without proper guidance from their care providers. Due to the complex nature of the virus, its effects on the body and our rapidly evolving treatment options, it can also be difficult for providers to answer questions in a way that resonates with their patients.

Fortunately, at --'s sister site for the general community -- answering patient questions is what we do. Whether they are concerned about transmission or want to know about managing and treating the disease, our resident hepatitis expert, Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.A.H.I.V.S., an assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Brown University and attending physician at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., is there to fill in the gaps.

Here are a collection of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we see about HCV on These Q&As provide the necessary context and information to help create a better-informed patient.

HCV Treatment Questions


HCV Management Questions

HCV Transmission Questions

HCV Testing Questions

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Robert Perez (Kansas city,Missouri) Thu., Jun. 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm UTC
How,what,is Hepatitis?
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Comment by: Diane McEvoy (Richmond BC Canada) Fri., Apr. 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm UTC
I am confused about the use of the word "cure" when talking about Hep C. I thought hep C is a retro virus and even if all the Hep C viruses in the blood stream were dead, the Hep C RNA within functional cells could still replicate. I know that if a person has natural active immunity to Hep B and they have Beta Cell Lymphoma the Hep B can make a comeback. Is Hep C different? My husband is Hep C positive and, last time he had blood drawn, did not have a detectable amount of Hep C RNA in his blood. He was told he should still use condoms. Was he misinformed?
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