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Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Blood borne viruses in correctional facilities Volume 16 Issue 9-10

Cate Wallace, Sue Hailstone, Andrew Lloyd

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 16(10) 166 - 167 Published: 2005

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Cate Wallace

Sue Hailstone

Andrew Lloyd


Blood borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses that are transmitted
by blood or body fluids containing blood. The most
important BBVs in Australia include hepatitis C (HCV),
hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus
(HIV). The August 2005 Bug Breakfast explored the
prevalence of BBVs in people entering prison, BBV-related
risk behaviours in prisons, and existing harm reduction
strategies in correctional facilities.