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The facts 

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, primary liver cancer or liver failure, but effective treatment is available to prevent this.

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It's estimated that around 200,000 people in the UK have chronic hepatitis C infection, but around half of them are undiagnosed. This is because people will often have no symptoms for many years and will not know that they are infected. So it is important to identify patients with risk factors for hepatitis C infection and to offer them testing.

For more information

Refer to our quick reference guides below for: a summary of all the important information about hepatitis C, a diagnosis-to-treatment flow chart, points to cover in discussions with your patient and information specifically for your South Asian patients. Keep them in your files for quick reference.