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Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

Around half of the people living with hepatitis C infections don’t know it, according to a new publication from PHE.

Public Health England (PHE) has published its ‘Shooting up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 2013’ report.

In total, 13,750 hepatitis C infections were diagnosed in 2013 in the UK, with around 90% acquired through injecting drug use. Around 2 in 5 people who inject psychoactive drugs such as heroin, crack and amphetamines are now living with hepatitis C, but half of these infections remain undiagnosed.