Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue thatd can infect and cause disease in people who are exposed the pathogen. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood, tissue and body fluids.
Bloodborne pathogens include, but are not limited to:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
- Hepatitis C (HCV)
- Non A, Non B Hepatitis
The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has published Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis”, which can be accessed at: