The hepatitis C genotype is a type or “strain” of hepatitis C virus. There are 6 genotypes of hepatitis C around the world. In the United States, 3 genotypes are common:
The genotype of hepatitis C does not change over time. It needs to be tested only once. If you are treated for hepatitis C, your genotype will determine your treatment plan, such as which medications are prescribed and how long the treatment will be.