Yes hepatitis c in now curable with the meds approved in the last few years. Curing hepatitis c means eradicating the hep c virus from your body. Cured means when you are tested 12 weeks after you have finished treatment and the hep c virus is not detected in your blood on the HCV RNA by PCR test you no longer are infected with the Hep C virus. You will always test positive for hep c antibodies for the rest of your life but antibodies are not the virus. Antibodies are made bu your own body when it tried to fight off the hep c virus.
However, curing hep c is a separate issue from liver damage. The reversal of fibrosis depends on the severity of liver damage are you F1, F2, or even F3? The less liver damage you have the greater your odds for reversal of fibrosis. I have read for those with F2 and below they can return to a normal life as though they never had hep c.
If you do have liver cirrhosis that is why you can never drink alcohol and will need to have blood testing and abdominal ultrasounds every 6 months and at a minimum see your liver specialist every year to monitor for early signs of HCC (heptocellular carcinoma aka liver cancer) as we with cirrhosis are at increased risk for HCC although with cure of hep c our risk of HCC is greatly reduced.
For those like myself with fibrosis score of F4 or liver cirrhosis even we have about a 50% chance in some decrease in liver fibrosis and return of liver function.
I do not expect to ever attain a score of less than F3 but I hope I will see some improvement with time. My platelet count did rise about 20 points after I was cured of hep c 2 years ago tomorrow. But so far that is all I can point to.
But what I do know is my liver damage from hep c has stopped and I have the hope to live a normal life span and not to develop decompensated cirrhosis meaning that in order to live I would have to hope for a liver transplant that might never come.
I hope this helps answer your question
good luck on treatment
If you don't have cirrhosis and only have little to no liver damage (less than F2) after cure per the AASLD you can conduct your life as though you never had hep c. As I have cirrhosis I need to have blood testing and ultrasound testing done every 6 months and see my hepatologist at the liver transplant center every year. If you are less than F2 after cure you can put hep c in the rear view mirror of life.
Just curious who said you could not drink and why?
Ok I just looked at your earlier posts you are just recently infected with hep c in the last 4 or 5 months. Only about 20% of people infected with hepatitis C for 20 years time will develop advanced liver disease or cirrhosis.
There is very little possibility that you would have any liver damage if your date of infection is correct you are very likely F0 no liver damage.