Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) are mainly found in blood or bodily fluids. The main BBVs of concern are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. This is because of the damage they can do to the liver and the body's ability to fight off infections.
Here we provide further information and advice about Borders and national services that assist in reducing the spread of blood borne viruses, test for the them and provide treatment when needed.
Testing Week Scotland.
The primary aim of the campaign is to encourage individuals who may have been at risk of HIV, hepatitis C or an Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) to access testing. The Scottish campaign builds on the European Testing Week message of Test, Treat, Prevent, with the following key messages:
- Find the test that’s right for you
- Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months
- If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C
- Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it
- Today in Scotland a person living with HIV can live a long, healthy life, hepatitis C can be cured, and effective treatments are also available for a whole range of STIs.
- Staying on top of your sexual health means you can be confident about sex
- Condoms and lube can protect you from the majority of sexually transmitted infections and PrEP is now available to people at greatest risk of HIV
- If you are injecting drugs, it’s important to use a new set of equipment each time you inject
You can find out more about the campaign from https://www.knowyourrisk.scot/where-to-test
World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together to raise awareness of viral hepatitis.
Hepatitis damages the liver and is most usually caused by a viral infection. Hepatitis B and C are the most common types found in the UK and in some cases can cause liver cirrhosis and cancer.
NOhep, is the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
The fundamental objective of NOhep is to build awareness of viral hepatitis and the crucial role people can play in their own lives and in their communities to help eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
There is some good news! For the first time, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable given the availability of vaccines for hepatitis A, and B, effective treatments for hepatitis A and B and a cure for hepatitis C.
Here in the Borders we support people to get tested and then access vaccinations and treatment where appropriate. For more information visit World Hepatitis Day