Blood Borne Viruses

Blood borne viruses (BBVs) can be carried in tiny amounts of blood, invisible to the naked eye.

Contamination takes place when blood, semen, or other body fluids of an infected person enters the body.

When we talk about BBVs we usually mean Hepatitis A, B and C and HIV.

There are some differences, but in general BBVs are spread through:

  • Blood-to-blood contact
  • Injecting drug use and sharing straws when snorting drugs
  • Tattooing, ear & body piercing (with dirty equipment)
  • Mother-to-baby
  • Sexual intercourse

Blood borne viruses can live outside the human body for significant periods of time.

Having a blood test can be distressing for some people. However, treatment for all the blood borne viruses is now very good, more effective and advancing all the time.

Bournemouth Recovery Treatment staff are trained to carry out BBV testing for people who use our services using a dried blood spot test.

Dried blood spot testing involves a finger prick test to get blood samples which are blotted and dried on filter paper and then sent to a laboratory for testing.

Hepatitis B vaccinations are available for people who use our services.

Contact the BEAT for more information on 01202 558855.

Anyone at risk of a BBV can get tested. GUM clinics and some GP surgeries also offer testing.