What is Hepatitis C?

  • Affects the liver and may cause serious damage.
  • Sexual transmission is rare, although the risk of infection increases when HIV or other STIs are present. It is spread by blood, so sharing needles, tattooing or body piercing with used needles/equipment, and people with blood transfusions prior to 1990 may be at risk.
  • Diagnosed by a blood test.
  • Anyone with Hepatitis C can be treated. No vaccination is available.