Bloodborne Pathogen

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue that 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
  • Syphilis
  • Malaria
  • Babesiosis
  • Brucellosis

Bloodborne Pathogens — Occupational Exposure

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:

CDC/ Occupational health/Bloodborne Pathogen

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens rule

Texas Bloodborne Pathogens Rule



Anybody who is involved in working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue should complete the Bloodborne Pathogen Training prior to start working with working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue

Click here for UNTHSC Bloodborne Pathogen Training

For questions regarding UNTHSC Bloodborne Pathogen Training,  please contact  Dr. Janet Jowitt, Chief Nursing Officer at


This page was last modified on November 5, 2015