Many people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection. Some people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis—severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more.
Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer develop.
The way cirrhosis develops depends on:
- How much liver damage you had when you were diagnosed.
- How long you've had the infection.
- Your age when you were infected.
- How much alcohol you drink.
- Your gender.
- If you are obese and/or have diabetes.
- If you have HIV or another immune system disorder.
Current as of:
September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
W. Thomas London MD - Hepatology
Current as of: September 8, 2021