Bloodborne Pathogen

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue thatd can infect and cause disease in people who are exposed  the pathogen. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood, tissue and body fluids.

Bloodborne pathogens include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Non A, Non B Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Malaria
  • Babesiosis
  • Brucellosis


Bloodborne Pathogens — Occupational Exposure

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The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has published Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis", which can be accessed at:

CDC/ Occupational health/Bloodborne Pathogen

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens rule

Texas Bloodborne Pathogens Rule

This page last updated 29th Sep 2014