Receiving the news that you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C can be a difficult experience, you may feel shell-shocked, angry, confused, or frightened, and this is totally understandable.
However, having a diagnosis allows you to begin looking at the options to address it, and start caring for yourself.
Being diagnosed with hepatitis C is not a death sentence. There are ways to slow its progression and clear the virus through treatment.
One in five people exposed to hepatitis C will naturally clear the virus. With new treatments available on the NHS, it is also likely you can clear the virus through treatment. What to do next?
Firstly, let the news sink in. The amount of time this takes varies from person to person. After that, you can start making rational decisions about your treatment.
You may also find it helpful to talk to someone who either has or has had hepatitis C. Speaking to someone who has been in the same boat can be hugely beneficial. It can help you gain a better understanding of what living with hepatitis C is like.
Our helpline is staffed by patients who all have or have had hepatitis C. They can be reached on 0845 223 4424 or 020 7089 6221 (10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer any questions you may have.