It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Alcoholic Liver Disease, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is treated via antiviral medications. These medications stop the virus replication and attempt to clear the existing virus from the body. Treatment is aimed so that no traces of the virus are found in the blood after a period of 12 weeks following completion of treatment. Hepatitis C is diagnosed by a blood test that looks for the antibodies to the HCV virus. The test may not give an accurate result until after around 3 months from possible infection. Other tests for the liver can be done to assess liver damage.