Health Protection Team
We provide information about, prevention, testing & offer training to NHS staff, statutory and non statutory organisations and members of the public who are at increased risk of catching a bloodborne virus.
Tel: 01387 272724
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Marie Murray Blood borne Virus
Clinical Nurse Specialist DGRI
Tel: 01387 241 991
Information for those infected with a borne virus, prevention, testing and treatment.
What is Hepatitis B?
This is a virus that can cause inflammation of the liver,
which is an organ which carries out hundreds of jobs vital for life. The
inflammation can cause scarring, and may lead to liver failure after many
Many people have no symptoms, or only a mild illness, and do not know they have the virus, which is very infectious. There is a vaccine that can prevent Hepatitis B.
What is Hepatitis C?
Like Hepatitis B, this virus attacks the liver. Most people have no symptoms, and do not realise they are infected, until they become ill in later life.
How to keep safe
You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have one of these viruses,
so always use a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Never share any drug equipment.
Needle exchanges are available throughout the region.
Never share personal items such as razors, or tooth brushes.
Testing and treatment is available from:
- General Practitioners
- Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
Tel: 0345 702 3687 for other appointments