Hepatitis C

"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver and, left untreated, can lead to liver cancer and liver failure.

Hepatitis C (also known as hep C or HCV) is a blood borne virus that mainly affects the liver. Over time, hepatitis C can cause inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) of the liver and, left untreated, can lead to liver failure; liver cancer and can be fatal in some cases.

There is no vaccine to protect against hepatitis C,however, effective treatment is available that can cure the virus.

 

hepatitis C is more common on Ayrshire than both hepatitis B and HIV.