Blood-Borne Virus Awareness Program

The Blood-Borne Virus Awareness Program (BBVAware) is free, run by Anglicare Tasmania and supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

BBVAware aims to reduce stigma in the community associated with blood-borne viruses (BBVs) by providing information, front-line staff training and Needle and Syringe Programs.

What is a blood-borne virus?

A blood-borne virus (BBV) is a virus that is transmitted from one person to another through blood or body fluids that contain blood. This includes sexual activity, sharing of needles or other injecting equipment and body art such as tattoos.

The top 3 blood-borne viruses in Australia are*:

  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)


*As cited by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).

Blood-borne virus prevention

For more information on how BBVs are contracted and how to prevent them from being spread to others follow the link appropriate to you.

BBVAware Program education and training

The Blood-Borne Awareness Program provides education and information sessions to the community around all aspects of blood-borne viruses (BBVs).

Training can be tailored to the individual or organisational need and delivered either in-person or online.

The sessions cover:

  • What are BBVs?
  • BBV risks and health issues
  • Processes and treatments
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Prevention and harm minimisation.

Following the training session, participants will have a better understanding and awareness of:

  • the main risks and associated health issues of BBVs
  • the different testing and treatment options for BBVs
  • how BBVs can impact people’s lives
  • how to prevent and reduce BBV transmission
  • the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) outlets.
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What's Next


Call us

To find out more about the BBVAware Program, call the AOD Helpline on 1800 161 266.


Email us

You can also email us directly at BBVAware@staging-anglicare.kingsdigital.dev.

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