Hepatitis C is a slowly progressive and often silent disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV was identified in 1989 and an antibody test to detect its current or past presence became available in 1991.
Although there is no vaccine to protect against the infection, Hep C can be effectively treated.
See HPS Hep C Surveillance Report 2017 for details of prevalence in Scotland and in each health board area to 31st December 2017. During 2017, 1511 new cases of HCV antibody positivity were diagnosed, which represents the lowest number of new diagnoses in more than a decade.