Hepatitis C can be a brief and mild illness, and it may leave no consequences. More often, after a mild illness, the individual becomes a 'carrier' of the virus and is prone to chronic liver disease later in life.
What is probably less known however is that there is an effective treatment for Hepatitis C now freely available. Only 3% of those who know they have the virus are treated each year. But outcomes are improving all the time - cure is achievable in up to 80% of all cases.
For the best chance of complete clearance of the virus (cure), it is essential that those that have the virus are first identified of course through a routine health check...and the sooner it is known about, the better as early intervention is associated with better cure rates.
So if you feel you may be at risk of Hepatitis C don't remain silent - doing nothing is not really an option anymore. Speak to your own doctor if you have any concerns by all means, or consider ordering the hepatitis C antibody test as part of your health assessment today.