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Changes to the NSW Public Health Act S79

Duties persons in relation to sexually transmissible diseases/conditions

The previous legal requirement to disclose any sexually transmitted infection (including HIV) and obtain your partners informed consent before sexual intercourse has been replaced by Section 79 below. 

(1) 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. 

Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both. 

(2) An owner or occupier of a building or place who knowingly permits another person to have sexual intercourse in contravention of subsection (1) at the building or place for the purpose of prostitution is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

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 Changes to the Public Health Act - Preventing the spread of sexually transmissible infections 


Hepatitis A Outbreak in New South Wales


In June 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported an increase of hepatitis A among high risk groups including people living with HIV (PLHIV) and men who have sex with men in Europe and the Americas.

In New South Wales eighteen locally acquired cases of hepatitis A have been reported since late July. Eight of the eighteen reported cases are men who have sex with men.

Vaccinate Against hepatitis A for Your Own Protection

Commonwealth government immunization guidelines for hepatitis A vaccination include men who have sex with men, persons who inject drugs, migrant populations, persons living with HIV and sex workers.

SWOP encourages sex workers who have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or do not know their vaccination status and may be persons who inject drugs, recent migrant or persons living with HIV or especially are male sex workers who have sex with other men to check their vaccination status and to get vaccinated if they are not immune.

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SWOP Downloadable Resources

The Sex Industry Legal Kit provides a guide of where to find and how to understand NSW sex work law and can be downloaded here


Strategic Plan


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9 Lives is a guide to surviving sexual assault in the sex industry and can be downloaded here.