GP: Blood-borne viruses

Blood-borne viruses Infection Prevention and Control Guidance (Policy) for General Practice

Blood-borne viral infections are spread by direct contact with the blood of an infected person.

The main blood-borne viruses of concern are:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis B virus and Hepatitis C virus which cause hepatitis.

These viruses are considered together because infection control requirements are common and because of the similarities in their transmission routes.

A downloadable Community Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance document for General Practice which can be adopted as a Policy by your organisation is available below. Also suitable for use within Dental Practice and Podiatry.

Alternatively, a complete set of IPC Guidance documents are available to purchase @ £69.99 – details can be found on the flyer and resource order form.

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