Left untreated, hep C can cause long term problems.
Some people will experience symptoms but this is not always a clear indication of what is happening with the liver. A smaller number of people will experience the more severe results of hep C such as cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure.
Hep C treatments now cure around 95% of people who try them. It is a good idea to talk to your doctor about hep C treatment.
Check out the outcomes below to see how untreated hep C affects people after twenty years and forty years.
After 20 years living with hep C:
45% won’t develop liver damage
47% will develop liver damage
7% will develop liver cirrhosis (liver scarring)
1% will develop liver failure or liver cancer
After 40 years living with hep C:
30% won’t develop liver damage
45% will develop liver damage
20% will develop liver cirrhosis (liver scarring)
5% will develop liver failure or liver cancer
This page was last updated 25 May 2016.
Content drawn from Australian Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: a Consensus Statement 2016, and publications of ASHM, The Kirby Institute and The Centre for Social Research in Health, and vetted by our Medical and Research Advisory Panel.