Sex, Drugs & BBVs

A section of AIVL's website dedicated to educating young people about blood borne viruses (BBVs), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), safer drug use and harm reduction.



The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) BBV & STI Program thanks all the young people across Australia who participated in AIVL’s National Youth BBV, STI and Drug Use Project and who helped to make this site possible. Our aim is to raise awareness of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs), such as hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Safe Sex practices among young people who are/or may be in the future exposed to illicit drug use.

A BBV means that the virus IS TRANSMITTED BY BLOOD. So every time you come into contact with someone else’s blood you need to be aware of how to protect yourself and use “Universal Safety Precautions”[1].

A Sexually Transmitted Infection means an infection that is transmitted during sex; these often go undiagnosed due to the absence of symptoms.

At AIVL, we believe it is important for young people to have up-to-date and credible information about BBVs, STI’s and safer drug using practices as these issues are often intersected in young people’s lives. However research has shown many young people believe these issues either don’t affect them, or the information they do have is not always accurate.


[1]"Universal precautions," as defined by CDC, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other blood borne pathogens when providing first aid or health care. Under universal precautions, blood and certain body fluids of all patients are considered potentially infectious for HIV, HCV and other blood borne pathogens