Bloodborne Pathogen

Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms found in human blood that can cause illness in humans.  The most common ones are Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV - the virus that causes AIDS).  Persons who work in the health care field, laboratory personnel handling human blood or tissues, and emergency response personnel are just some occupations where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is possible.  Proper work practices, the use of PPE, and training can help prevent exposure to these organisms.