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At Atrium Health Gastroenterology and Hepatology, our doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of people living with hepatitis C. An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver, hepatitis C can lead to liver damage and scarring called fibrosis.Hepatitis C also may lead to cirrhosis.


Hepatitis C spreads from the blood infected person. Most people with hepatitis C do not have symptoms. To help diagnose the virus, we use:

  • A blood test called an antibody test, which detects antibodies of the virus in the blood. A positive antibody test means a person has been infected with hepatitis C at some point.
  • A blood test called hepatitis C RNA test. This test is performed when a patient tests positive for Hepatitis C antibodies to determine if they’re currently infected


Treatment is curative in most cases. Treatment may take as few as eight weeks or up to 24 weeks. This depends upon:

  • The hepatitis C genotype you are infected with
  • If you have cirrhosis or how much scar tissue is in your liver
  • Previous treatments, medications and medical problems 

In most cases, specialized treatments result in a cure 90-100 percent of the time. If the virus is undetected in your blood for at least three months after treatment, you will be considered cured.


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1025 Morehead Medical Drive, Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-355-6649
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