The incidence and prevalence of Blood-borne Viruses has increased slightly over the last few years.
Knowledge around transmission (how BBV are spread), prevention, treatment, cures, and disease suppression (how the activity of a disease of a person’s body can be stopped without curing the disease) is still not that strong in the broader community.
Practitioners working with young people who may be exposed to BBV are well positioned to provide education about BBV transmision and prevention.
Furthermore they are well placed to support young people to access appropriate healthcare and challenge stigma and other barriers that prevent young people accessing timely care. Supporting good BBV knowledge should be considered part and parcel to an overall approach to harm reduction.