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Blood Borne Viruses.


 

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Hepatitis is the blood borne virus which is most commonly diagnosed in injecting drug users in Australia. The following table shows some basic information about the three most common types of Hepatitis. Mor detailed information can be found by following the links near the top of this page (Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, HIV).

Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hepatitis C

What is it

The virus affects the liver

The virus affects the liver

The virus affects the liver

Passed on by (transmitted)

Found in affected persons faeces (shit). If a person doesn’t wash their hands after going to the toilet and they touch their food, drinks or stuff you eat with (i.e. spoon, fork etc.).

Blood to blood

Sexual contact

Blood to blood

Vaccination Available?

Yes

Yes

No

Treatment Available?

Only has short time effects so no treatment given.

Yes

Yes

Prevention

* Vaccination.

* Washing hands after going to toilet and before eating.

* Vaccination.

* Not sharing fits or other injecting stuff.

* Not sharing, razors, toothbrushes etc.

* Safe sex - use condoms.

* Not sharing fits or other injecting stuff.

* No other blood to blood contact, sharing razors, toothbrushes etc.

* No fighting, rough sex etc.

 

 

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