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  • People cannot be banned from playing sport just because they are infected with a blood-borne virus (BBV) such as HIV or hepatitis B or C.
  • You cannot catch HIV or hepatitis B or C just from playing sport with an infected player.
  • There is no risk of HIV transmission from a person with HIV who is on treatment and has low levels of the virus in their body.
  • To prevent transmission of BBVs, follow infection control guidelines, implement the ‘blood rule’ policy, and wear gloves when helping bleeding players.

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Reviewed on: 25-11-2021