Blood-borne viruses (BBV) are viruses that are transmitted from the blood of one person to the blood of another person.  

The most common and of greatest concern are the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Many of the young people we work with engage in practices that may enable the blood of one person to enter the blood stream of another (ie: sharing needles during intravenous drug use), thus putting them at greater risk of BBV transmission than people who don’t engage in such practices.