Blood Borne Pathogens & HIV/AIDS Awareness Education

Contact

Health Educator, 509-962-7515

healthpromotion@co.kittitas.wa.us

Workers in many occupations, including first aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel may be at risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required by the Department of Labor and Industries to received yearly blood borne pathogen education. Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Blood Borne Pathogen rule, Chapter 296-823, Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The Washington State Department of Health also requires HIV/AIDS Awareness training if you work as a health care professional or in a state licensed or certified health care facility in Washington.

Blood borne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Training Opportunities

One and two hour blood borne pathogens and HIV/AIDS awareness trainings are offered upon request.

  • An on-site class for an organization costs $140 for a one hour blood borne pathogen update training and $175 for a two hour training.
  • To request an on-site training, call (509) 962-7515.

Facts

  • At the end of 2012, an estimated 1,218,400 persons ages 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including 156,300 (12.8%) persons who are unaware of their infection. (CDC)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 50,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year in the United States.
  • There are 35 to 80 newly diagnosed acute hepatitis B cases in Washington each year and an estimated 20,000 persons chronically infected. (Washington State Department of Health)
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the United States; approximately 3.2 million persons are chronically infected. (CDC)

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