- Step two: Know that there is both acute and chronic hepatitis C
In some cases, people only get hepatitis C for a short period of time (i.e. six months). This is what’s referred to as acute hepatitis C, and those infected may not even know that they contracted it. In fact, up to 80 percent of those living with acute hepatitis C will not show any symptoms at all.
With that being said, the majority of people (75 to 85 percent) develop chronic hepatitis C. At this point, up to 70 percent of those living with chronic hepatitis C will develop liver disease and up to 20 percent will develop cirrhosis of the liver within 20 to 30 years.