One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(typically of a disease or pathogen) carried by the blood.
- ‘Other risks associated with chronic blood transfusions for thalassemia major include blood-borne diseases like hepatitis B and C.’
- ‘Needles contaminated with blood or body fluids pose a serious risk of transmission of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus.’
- ‘Injectors have a higher risk of overdosing or acquiring blood-borne diseases like hepatitis C and HIV.’
- ‘Most users inject their drugs, which increases the risk of blood-borne viruses like Hepatitis C and HIV being transferred through sharing needles.’
- ‘If the equipment used to do your tattoo or piercing is contaminated with an infected person's blood, you can contract a number of serious blood-borne diseases.’
- ‘By reducing drug use, drug users also reduce their risk of contracting blood-borne diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.’
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