On September 14 2017 the NSW Parliament agreed to amend the Public Health Act 2010 to change the responsibilities for people with certain sexually transmissible infections1 (STIs).
From 18 October 2017:
A penalty of up to $11,000, and/or 6 months jail applies if reasonable precautions are not used.
Mandatory disclosure was out of step with current public health practice, and also with other states and territories. In some instances, the requirement for disclosure may have created a disincentive for people to be tested for STIs. It is reasonable for a person who knows they have an STI to take reasonable precautions against the spread of the infection to their partner.
NSW Health considers that reasonable precautions against the spread of STIs include:
These changes will be reviewed after 2 years.