Most people who have hepatitis C have no symptoms for years or even decades. This is why it is so important to get tested, if you think you might have been exposed to hepatitis C.
Long-term (chronic) infection
About one in four people who become infected with hepatitis C will get rid of the virus naturally. However, most people who become infected will have the virus for a long time. People with long-term infection are at risk of developing severe liver damage (cirrhosis) after many years. Cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer or liver failure. There is effective treatment available that can prevent this.