Blood borne viruses
Blood Borne Pathogen (BPP) – are micro-organisms such as viruses that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. BBP are not in every bodily fluid but we must always assume they are in order to be safe.
During the process of advanced beauty treatments such as – micro pigmentation, pigment inserted into the skin using needles, hence the risk of blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV are evident in the same way as from body piercing and tattooing.
HIV attacks your body’s ability to protect itself against disease and causes AIDS.
Hepatitis B virus reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis or liver cancer. The Hep B virus can live outside the body for at least 7 days, and longer.
90% of adults who contract the Hep B virus can clear it from their system within a few months and develop immunity, 10% become chronic with the virus staying in the blood infecting liver cells.
There is a vaccine available and given in 3 doses over a period of 6 months. It is safe and effective. Booster doses of Hep B virus vaccine are not recommended as immune memory remains indefinitely following immunisation. Hepatitis B is the most serious of all the Hep viruses (A,B,C,D,E)
You may be at an increased risk if you are exposed to blood and bodily fluids. GET VACCINATED.
Hep C virus reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly liver cancer.
This is usually spread through illegal drug use, transfusions and sometimes tattoos, currently there is no cure or vaccination.