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Blood Borne Virus

Three blood borne viruses are the main cause for concern in Scotland, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

There are no vaccines for Hepatitis C or HIV but there is an effective vaccine for Hepatitis B.

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Key points for community pharmacy

  • Signpost patients to appropriate support organisations.
  • Prevent accidental transmission of disease by following Infection Control Guidelines in practice.
  • Promote vaccination against Hepatitis B.

 Some pharmacies may

  • Offer support for dried blood spot testing for Hepatitis C and HIV.
  • Dispense antiviral medicines for Hepatitis C.
  • Provide ‘Injecting Equipment’ to prevent spread of disease.