Blood-Borne Virus Awareness (BBVAware) Program

Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) such as hepatitis C and HIV are potentially serious illnesses, but they’re manageable with the right information and support.

The BBVAware Program aims to reduce stigma in the community associated with blood-borne viruses by providing the following:

  • information and education sessions to frontline staff
  • resources and information for people at risk of developing BBVs
  • referral assistance to help people access testing for blood-borne viruses.

New treatments can cure hepatitis C and assist people living with HIV and hepatitis B to live full and healthy lives.

What is a blood-borne virus (BBV)?

A BBV is a virus that is transmitted from one person to another through blood or body fluids that contain blood. This includes sexual activity, sharing of needles or other injecting equipment, and body art such as tattoos.

The top 3 BBVs in Australia are*:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis B (HVB)
  • Hepatitis C (HVC)

*As cited by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).

Blood-borne virus education sessions

Anglicare provides education and information sessions to the community around all aspects of blood-borne viruses (BBVs).

Our training packages can be tailored to the individual or organisational need and delivered either in-person or online.

The sessions cover:

  • What are BBVs?
  • BBV risks and health issues
  • processes and treatments
  • stigma and discrimination
  • prevention and harm minimisation.

Following the training session, participants will have a better understanding and awareness of:

  • the main risks and associated health issues of BBVs
  • the different strains and symptoms of Hepatitis
  • the different testing and treatment options for BBVs
  • how BBVs can impact peoples lives
  • how to prevent and reduce BBV transmission
  • the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) outlets.

What's Next

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Call us

To find out more about the BBVAware program, call us on 1800 243 232.

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Email us

You can also email us directly at BBVAware@anglicare-tas.org.au.

Brian's story

I had been living with Hep C for over 15 years and it was impacting on my health. I was feeling tired a lot of the time, and just felt unwell.

I was often worrying how sick I might get if I didn’t get treatment.

I was glad for the direction and information I received to get my Hep C under control.

It was so worth it! The new treatment didn’t affect me like I had heard the old treatment did for others. I only had to take one tablet a day. There were no injections. I was still able to get on with my life while taking the tablets and it was only for 12 weeks!

Now I am healthy and hepatitis free!

Request a BBVAware Training Session

The BBVAware program is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.