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Bloodborne Pathogens. Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) HBV is a potent bloodborne virus that attacks the liver, causing illness and sometimes death. But HBV is one of the few serious infectious diseases that can be prevented with a safe, effective vaccine. Human Immunodefeciency Virus (HIV)

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Bloodborne Pathogens

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

HBV is a potent bloodborne virus that attacks the liver, causing illness and sometimes death. But HBV is one of the few serious infectious diseases that can be prevented with a safe, effective vaccine.

Human Immunodefeciency Virus (HIV)

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV makes people sick by attacking the immune system and keeping it from being able to fight infection.

Transmission of HIV, HBV and HCV

HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can only be transmitted through blood and body fluids which contain blood, such as urine and vomitus.

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

HCV is a potent bloodborne virus that attacks the liver, causing illness and sometimes death. There currently is no vaccine for HCV.

Protecting Yourself

Always use latex gloves if you will be in contact with body fluids and keep them in the classroom in case of accidents. Use a pocket mask when giving CPR. If you come into direct contact with body fluids, wash the contact area with soap and warm water. Report the incident immediately if the incident occurs at work, or call your physician if the incident occurs outside of work.

By taking a few simple precautions you can set your mind at ease.

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