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.
Shabana has been treated for the virus. Watch this video to hear her story.
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 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, see How do you get hepatitis C? for more information
- 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
- You cannot get hepatitis C from everyday contact such as holding hands, kissing, hugging or sharing toilets, crockery or kitchen utensils