Newer drugs have greatly improved the treatment of hepatitis C in recent years. The goal of treatment is to get rid of the hepatitis C virus in the body or achieve 'sustained virologic response (SVR)'. SVR means that hepatitis C virus is not found in the blood 3 to 6 months after the patient stops taking his/her medicines. People who achieve an SVR are generally considered to be 'cured.'

However, after a cure, if you get exposed to the hepatitis C virus again, you can get re-infected.