Blood-borne viruses: HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


In this chapter the epidemiology and transmission pathways of common blood-borne viruses (human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV)) are described, with an emphasis on preventive strategies in the hospital setting. Pre-exposure prevention through vaccination is currently available only for hepatitis B. Universal and extended precautions—depending on the degree of exposure—are needed for other blood-borne viruses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • HIV
  • hepatitis B
  • hepatitis C
  • needlestick injury
  • transmission prevention


Dive into the research topics of 'Blood-borne viruses: HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this