Blood Borne Viruses are viruses that are carried in the blood. The three most common blood borne viruses in Scotland are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. HIV is a virus that damages cells in the immune system making it harder to fight every day infections and disease. Hepatitis B and C cause inflammation of the liver.
The Hepatitis C Trust: Provides information, support and representation for people with hepatitis CWebsite: www.hepctrust.org.ukHelpline: 020 7089 6221 (Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm)
British Liver Trust: website, information line, a range of informative and detailed publications and a network of patient support groups.Website: www.britishlivertrust.org.ukHelpline: 0800 6527330 (Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm)
Hepatitis B Positive Trust: A charity that raises awareness about the prevention, treatment and management of hepatitis B and offers advice, information and facilitates networking between patients, their families and professionalsWebsite: www.hepbpositive.org.ukHelpline: 0800 206 1899
AIDS Alliance: provides information and resourcesWebsite: AIDS Alliance
National AIDS Trust: Campaigns for the rights of people living with HIV in the UK.Website: NAT
Sexual Health Line: 24hrs a day 365 days a year providing advice & information about HIV/Aids & sexual health/local services. All calls are confidential.Phone: 0800 567 123 (24/7)
Positively UK: Offers one-to-one phone support from people living with HIV.Website: Positively UKHelpline: 020 7713 0444 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, Thurs until 8)