- Hepatitis C is a virus which can lead to inflammation of the liver and cause liver disease, and can even lead to cancer of the liver if left untreated
- Most people are oblivious to the fact they are infected because the liver can still operate when damaged and the virus does not produce any obvious symptoms
- Only once the liver becomes seriously damaged and symptoms occur do people visit their GP where it is diagnosed
- The virus is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, and very rarely through sexual intercourse
- Infection is not passed on through social contact, kissing or sharing food or drink
More top news
14-year-old Jasmine Elcock is the fourth Britain's Got Talent 'golden buzzer' act after leaving Ant in tears with her performance.
A band of heavy rain is heading for the UK, threatening to make the May Bank Holiday a washout, the Met Office has warned.
Headteachers could strike in protest at government plans to force schools to become academies