BBV information

Sharing drug taking equipment with other people is highly dangerous and increases the risk of transmitting blood borne viruses (BBVs), such as Hepatitis and HIV.

BBVs can also be passed on by having unprotected sex with an infected person.

Make sure that you never share any drug taking equipment, including needles, syringes, filters, water, spoons, pipes or straws. Avoid “splitting” drugs with other people as this can also lead to the transmissions of BBVs.

Your community needle exchange will provide a range of sterile injecting equipment to ensure that you do not have to share any equipment with anyone.

The specialist needle exchange and sexual health service in Nottingham is The Health Shop


If you think you may have put yourself at risk of contracting a BBV – GET TESTED!

Testing is available at a range of drug treatment services – ask your drug worker for details.