Around 30% of Hep C infections are acute and will clear on their own without treatment. People with an acute Hep C infection may not show any obvious symptoms at the time of infection. A long-term infection is called chronic Hep C and is defined as having the virus for more than 6 months.
People living with Hep C may be unaware they are infected as not everyone with Hep C will experience symptoms. Therefore, early diagnosis, confirmed by a blood test, is important to prevent further health problems.
Current treatment options for chronic Hep C include oral medications which can cure the virus in the majority of people, however, access to diagnosis and treatment is low.