Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 has removed the requirement for people living with HIV (PLHIV) to disclose HIV status before sexual activity with another person

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The NSW Government has conducted a review of the NSW Public Health Act 2010 and the amended bill - The Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 has removed the requirement for people living with HIV (PLHIV) to disclose HIV status before sexual activity with another person.

The onus of responsibility no longer rests with us as a positive person and we are now in an era of shared responsibility. PLHIV still need to take ‘reasonable precautions’ when we have a diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV, so the infection isn't transmitted.

"A person who knows that he or she has a notifiable disease, or a scheduled medical condition, that is sexually transmissible is required to take reasonable precautions against spreading the disease or condition."

The NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr Sheppeard has said that reasonable precautions could include using a condom to prevent the transmission of an STI or being on effective treatment that suppresses HIV virus to prevent the spread of HIV infection.

We’re well versed in employing a number of strategies to reduce the risk of transmitting infections, while pursuing pleasure and engaging in hot sex. Other ways we can remain engaged in good health and ensure our sexual partners and friends are looked after are:

  • Have open and respectful conversations about our health and negotiate what reasonable precautions means for us and our sexual partners.
  • Continue to monitor our health via regular viral load testing with our HIV doctors and work out how to have conversations with sexual partners if you have a viral blip.
  • Test regularly for STIs.
  • Use condoms during anal and vaginal sex.
  • Take any medications (including HIV and antibiotics) as prescribed by your doctor
  • Ask and get confirmation that our HIV negative partners take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as prescribed.
  • Ensure our HIV negative partners take Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) within 72 hours if they may have been exposed to HIV.
  • Maintain viral suppression of less than 200 copies/mL for six months or more when taking HIV treatments as prescribed by your HIV doctor.

If you have further questions or would like to talk through what reasonable precautions means for you, please talk to your doctor or call one of our Treatment Officers on (02) 9206-2177 or 1800 245 677 (freecall).

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