Half of those living with hepatitis C are still undiagnosed and a mere 3% of those infected are treated each year
Chief Executive, The Hepatitis C Trust
The Hepatitis C Coalition is a group of leading clinicians, patient organisations and other interested parties committed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from hepatitis C, and the eventual elimination of the virus.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease which affects the liver. It can go undetected for years, during which time it can cause significant damage and can lead to liver cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer and death.
The burden of chronic hepatitis C is substantial and still growing, as people who contracted the virus many years ago begin to develop the long term complications of living with the condition.
Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact and estimates suggest that around 210,000 people are currently infected with the virus in the UK.
With treatment, hepatitis C is curable for most people. Currently, only around 3% of people with the virus receive treatment each year. The Hepatitis C Coalition is calling for action to improve services to ensure that more people are tested, treated and cured.