How are bloodborne pathogens transmitted?

Bloodborne Pathogens can be transmitted when blood or body fluid from an infected person enters another person's body via needle-sticks, human bites, cuts, abrasions, or through mucous membranes.

Any body fluid with blood is potentially infectious. Also, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva in dental procedures are considered potentially infected body fluids.

If you ARE exposed to a BBP it does not mean you are automatically infected.  It is critical that you report the incident and  seek medical assistance.

The Hepatitis B virus can live up to a week on a dried environmental surface.

Remember Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), such as gloves, are your first line of defense against BBPs.

For more information about Hepatitis click here: www.liverfoundation.org
For more information about AIDS click here: www.aegis.com then click on "the basics".


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