What is a Blood-Borne Virus (BBV)?

A BBV is a blood borne virus — a virus you can get if the blood, semen (cum) or vaginal fluid from someone with that virus gets into your blood. This can happen during sex or by sharing drug injecting equipment.

HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are BBVs.

Blood-Borne Viruses

You can also have a BBV and feel well, with no symptoms. The only way of knowing you have a BBV is to get tested.

Getting tested is easy.

There are also treatments for BBVs.

STI and BBV testing is about respecting yourself, your partner and your community. It’s all about being young deadly and free!

BBV Fact Sheets

Factsheets on each of the STIs and BBVs affecting young people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are available in two formats – a longer form, as well as a shorter form outlining “the basics”.

There are also Factsheets on what’s involved in getting tested for STIs and BBVs.

Click here for our factsheets about BBVs.

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