Blood Borne Infections

Blood borne infections are spread by way of blood to blood contact with an infected person. People can be at risk for getting these infections by having unprotected sexual contact and/or by sharing injection drug use equipment. These infections are not spread by water or food, or by casual daily contact at home or elsewhere.

The most common blood borne infections are:

Harm Reduction - Questions and Answers

For resources for health care providers please check Resources for Partners and Professionals page.

Grades 9-12: Sexual Health Services in Waterloo Region Schools

Waterloo Region District School Board

Public Health Nurses are available at Waterloo Region District School Board secondary schools for one half day each week to provide one-on-one counselling, education, support and resources to students on a range of topics, including abstinence.

Beginning in January 2014, a year-long pilot study to enhance those services was initiated in two secondary schools in Waterloo Region. To learn more about sexual health services offered in schools, see the Parent Questions & Answers document.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Sexual Health Nurses are available to provide curriculum-support to Waterloo Catholic District School Board secondary schools upon request.

Region of Waterloo Public Health continues to work with the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to enhance sexual health services and/or education in elementary and secondary schools, in keeping with the boards' curriculum and faith perspectives.

For information about Sexual Health and Puberty click here.

Public Health Agency of Canada Links

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2009). Hepatitis B: Get the Facts

Hepatitis C: Get the facts. You can have it and not know it. Ottawa: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada