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How hepatitis C affects the liver

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that can affect your liver.

About 1 in 5 people with hepatitis C will clear the infection within 2 to 6 months. This will happen without any long-term effects. Of the rest, some will remain well and never develop liver damage.

Severe liver damage

For 1 in 5 people with hepatitis C the liver damage will lead to severe and permanent scarring of the liver. This is cirrhosis. If you have cirrhosis, you have a greater risk of developing liver cancer.

Cirrhosis can result in liver failure and the need for a liver transplant.