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What is the success rate 

The pegylated interferon and ribavirin therapy has a success rate of, on average, over 50%, and with some genotypes, up to 80%. Factors such as the age, weight and gender of the patients, and the genotype of the virus affect how well the treatment works.

Current evidence suggests that around 25% of those infected with hepatitis C will clear the virus at the acute stage.

Of the 75% who do not:

  • Some will remain well, and never develop liver damage
  • Many will develop only mild to moderate liver damage (with or without symptoms)
  • About 20% will progress to cirrhosis of the liver over a period of 20 years
  • A small proportion of those with cirrhosis will progress to primary liver cancer or liver failure