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.UK.

Diagnosis and management

Data collection


Historic data on acute hepatitis C and sentinel surveillance of hepatitis as well as other blood-borne virus testing, are available.

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

Updates to this page

Published 1 April 2013
Last updated 3 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Hepatitis C testing and treatment dashboard'.

  2. Added 'Hepatitis C elimination initiatives: monitoring and evaluation'.

  3. Added 'Sentinel surveillance of blood borne virus testing in England 2019'.

  4. Added Hepatitis C in the North West: 2017 data.

  5. Added 'Hepatitis C in the East Midlands: annual reports'.

  6. Added Hepatitis C annual reports pages for London, west-midlands, east of England, Yorkshire and Humber and south-east.

  7. Added Hepatitis C in the North East: annual data.

  8. Added 'Hepatitis C (England and Wales): 2019'.

  9. Added 'Hepatitis C in the West Midlands: annual data' to the Epidemiology section.

  10. Added 'Hepatitis C in the East of England: annual data.'

  11. Added 'Hepatitis C in Yorkshire and Humber: annual review' to the epidemiology section.

  12. Added Hepatitis C: interventions for patient case-finding and linkage to care.

  13. Added: 'Antiviral resistance testing in the management of hepatitis C virus infection.'

  14. Added Hepatitis C treatment monitoring in England report.

  15. Added Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise.

  16. Added 2017 reports to the epidemiology section.

  17. Added Hepatitis C in South East PHE Centre report for 2015 to collection.

  18. First published.