fbpx

Blood-Borne Virus Awareness Program
(BBVAware)

The Blood-Borne Virus Awareness Program (BBVAware) is free, run by Anglicare Tasmania and supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

BBVAware aims to reduce stigma in the community associated with blood-borne viruses (BBVs) by providing information, front-line staff training and Needle and Syringe Programs.

What is a blood-borne virus?

A blood-borne virus (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 blood-borne viruses in Australia are*:

  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)

 

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

Blood-borne virus prevention

For more information on how BBVs are contracted and how to prevent them from being spread to others follow the link appropriate to you.

BBVAware Program education and training

The Blood-Borne Awareness Program provides education and information sessions to the community around all aspects of blood-borne viruses (BBVs).

Training 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 testing and treatment options for BBVs
  • how BBVs can impact people’s lives
  • how to prevent and reduce BBV transmission
  • the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) outlets.
Book an in-person training session Complete an online training session

What's Next

1

Call us

To find out more about the BBVAware Program, call the AOD Helpline on 1800 161 266.

2

Email us

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

Upcoming Education events

Show all events

Latest stories

View all stories
Image of a syringe with the words BBV Aware

Are you BBVAware?

World Hepatitis Day (July 28) highlights the value of getting tested for blood-borne viruses. Today’s treatments are simple and life-changing. Read full story
an illustration of a man and son walking holding hands and a young girl walking behind them like she is walking along the top of a wall or fence with her arms held out.

Hope for a healthier community

Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre has published a position paper that advocates for the decriminalisation of the possession and personal use of illicit drugs in Tasmania. Read full story
Photo of Anglicare Family Support Service

Support program “a life-saver”

Anglicare’s Family Support Service supports Tasmanians living in the North and North West of the State who are affected by a loved one’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Read full story

Request a BBVAware Training Session

Contact the BBVAware Program