Why Protection Against Blood and Body Fluids?
Contact with blood and body fluids represents a real risk for exposure to HIV (AIDS), HBV (Hepatitis B), and HCV (Hepatitis C). In the U.S., roughly three of every 10,000 blood exposures result in an HCV infection. Even though HIV continues to get the most publicity because of its relatively high mortality, HCV is the main pathogen driving changes in behavior today. With no vaccine available, HCV is a devastating disease with its known prevalence rates likely underestimated.
The following organizations offer additional information on hepatitis and other blood-borne pathogens: