15. Blood-Borne Viruses

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch15

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Blood-Borne Viruses, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch15

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • blood-borne viruses;
  • blood-borne infection, transmitted by infected blood or blood-stained body fluids - coming into contact with open lesion on skin;
  • fear and prejudice regarding blood-borne viruses - HIV-infected individuals, issue in most societies;
  • human immunodeficiency virus, HIV - virus causing AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome);
  • AIDS, leading cause of death - globally, primary cause of death in Africa;
  • opportunistic infections and tumours - in late stage of AIDS;
  • standard HIV test looks - for antibodies in a person's blood;
  • pre-test discussion and post-test counseling in HIV;
  • HIV infection, most potent risk factor - for converting latent TB into active TB;
  • important measure in protection against hepatitis B - immunisation, providing protection in up to 90% of recipients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus

  • Tuberculosis

  • Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis B

  • References