Hepatitis C: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of hepatitis C (Hep C, HCV).

Hepatitis means swelling or inflammation of the liver. The most common causes of hepatitis are viral infections. Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause long-lasting infection and is transmitted when blood from an infected person gets into the bloodstream of another.

For symptoms and general information on hepatitis C, visit NHS Choices.

Diagnosis and management

Data collection


Historic data on acute hepatitis C and sentinel surveillance of hepatitis(and other blood-borne virus testing) are available.

  1. Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise
  2. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2017
  3. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2016
  4. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2015
  5. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2014
  6. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2013
  7. Hepatitis C in England and the UK
  8. Hepatitis C in London: annual review
  9. Hepatitis C in the South East PHE Centre report
  10. Sentinel surveillance of blood borne virus testing in England: 2013
  11. Targeting testing in England: sentinel surveillance of bloodborne virus testing
  12. Hepatitis C service audit in a sample of prisons in England
  13. Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

Occupational exposure

UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) gives advice on guidance on healthcare workers infected with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Commissioning heathcare services

Published 1 April 2013
Last updated 13 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise.
  2. Added 2017 reports to the epidemiology section.
  3. Added Hepatitis C in South East PHE Centre report for 2015 to collection.
  4. First published.