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Hepatitis C is a virus that is carried in the blood and can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, primary liver cancer or liver failure, but effective treatment is available. Watch our video to find out more:

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It's estimated that around 200,000 people in the UK have long-term (chronic) hepatitis C infection, and around half of those are undiagnosed. This is because people who are infected often have no symptoms for many years. That’s why, if there’s a chance you may have hepatitis C, it’s so important to get tested.

Facts at a glance

  • Hepatitis C is a virus that is carried in the blood and can cause serious damage to the liver
  • It’s mainly spread through contact with the blood of an infected person
  • There's no vaccine, but you can avoid the risk of hepatitis C infection if you know how, see How to avoid it
  • In around 3 in 4 people infected with hepatitis C, the virus will develop into long-term (chronic) infection, see The symptoms to find out what this means
  • Injecting drugs with shared equipment is not the only way you can get hepatitis C, see How do you get hepatitis C? for more information
  • You cannot get it from everyday contact such as holding hands, kissing, hugging or sharing toilets, crockery or kitchen utensils

For more information visit The Hepatitis C Trust

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