Blood borne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C are found worldwide, however, some countries have higher levels of infection. Blood borne infections are spread through any activity causing contact with blood or body fluids. These include:
Hepatitis B(HBV) is a virus that can damage your liver and cause serious health problems. This potentially fatal virus is spread the same way as HIV but it is 100 times more infectious. 350 million people are believed to be infected worldwide. .. Thankfully, hepatitis b can be prevented through vaccination. If you are travelling to a high risk country you should consider a course of hepatitis b vaccine.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is similar to HBV in that it can be fatal and cause liver damage or serious health problems. HVC is found worldwide but is more common in Africa, Asia and South America. 3% of the world population are believed to be infected. .. There is no vaccine to protect against HCV.
HIV infection occurs anywhere in the world. At the end of 2007 it was estimated that 33.2 million persons were living with HIV infection worldwide.. Prevalence is highest in Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Between 2001 and 2005, 41% of new diagnosis in UK citizens were aquired abroad. Highest risk countries were in Africa and Thailand.
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