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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It can develop when the liver is damaged by hepatitis viruses, alcohol, drugs and toxins. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes inflammation of the liver. In Australia, it is estimated that over 230,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis C. This fact sheet provides vital information about hepatitis C - its causative factors, symptoms and management. It also dispels a lot of myths around hepatitis C.