Hepatitis C is a virus that is carried in the blood and can cause serious damage to the liver. There is no vaccine to protect against hepatitis C, but effective treatment is available.
There are often no symptoms for many years, so if there’s a chance you may have been exposed to hepatitis C, it’s important to find out more and get tested and treated.
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 to protect against hepatitis C, but you can avoid exposure if you know how, see Protecting yourself and others
- Most people infected with hepatitis C, the virus will develop into long-term (chronic) infection, see How might hepatitis C affect me? to find out what this means
- 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