Acute Hep C (0 to 6 months):
The first few months we have Hep C are called the acute phase. For up to 25% of people, our bodies cure Hep C on their own during this phase. We may have had acute Hep C in the past without knowing it.
Chronic Hep C (6 months to 20+ years):
Chronic Hep C is when the virus has been in our bodies for over 6 months. At this point, Hep C can only be cleared with medications.