- Hepatitis C is a virus that can lead to inflammation of the liver
- In most cases, it does not have any symptoms and so most people don't realise they have it
- If untreated, the infection can cause chronic liver disease and, very rarely, cancer of the liver
- The Hepatitis C virus is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, and very rarely through sexual intercourse
- The most common route of transmission in the UK is intravenous drug use
- It cannot be transmitted through social contact, kissing, or sharing food and drink
- About four in every 1,000 people in the UK may be Hepatitis C carriers
- Treatment helps to achieve clearance in up to 80 per cent of carriers
Since 2007, all healthcare workers new to the NHS should be offered a Hepatitis C test, and anyone performing surgical procedures should be tested for Hepatitis C by their health board.
For more information and advice:
Phone NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47
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