Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common type of viral hepatitis in the UK and is spread through blood-to-blood contact with an infected individual. HCV is usually a chronic infection as, for the majority of those infected with HCV, the virus will remain in the body for several years. Although there is currently no HCV vaccine available, HCV can be treated with antiviral drugs. HCV often doesn't have any noticeable symptoms until the liver is significantly damaged. Because of this, many people who are infected are unaware they have the virus and may have only flu-like symptoms.