a close family member has it. she picked it up many years ago from a blood transfusion from abroad prior to screening being common practice in most countries.
she has had it >10 years without ever knowing until a random health check flagged up odd liver enzyme results. you canb carry the virus for many years before it causes serious damage to your liver.
as stated above the old drugs meant it could be treated with reasonable success rates but the side effects during treatment (6months I think) were horrible. the new generation of drugs that have been developed (but not yet given on the NHS) appear to have higher success rates with far less side effects. she’s been advised to look after herself and wait for these new drugs to become available on the NHS unless the virus kicks off before that happens.