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Sex, hepatitis B and consent

Sex, hepatitis B and consent

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Sex, hepatitis B and consent

Hepatitis B and sexual contact 

If you know you have hepatitis B, you must take reasonable precautions against passing it on. This includes using condoms and not sharing personal items that could have blood on them, like toothbrushes, razors, or sex toys. Ask your hepatitis specialist about the risks to sexual partners and housemates and what reasonable precautions you should take.

Having sex with hepatitis B

If someone you are going to have sex with asks if you have hepatitis B, you legally have to tell them, before you have sex, or you need to walk away if you don’t want to disclose. If you don’t tell a sexual partner about having hepatitis B when asked, this may mean your partner has not consented to the sexual activity, and you may be charged with sexual assault.

You can find out more about hepatitis B and disclosure by reading our factsheet >>

Legal advice with the HALC advice line

You can call the HALC advice line to learn more about who you have to tell, on 02 9492 6540. The HALC legal centre is an accredited community legal centre that provides free advocacy and advice on a range of issues including viral hepatitis related discrimination, privacy, and health care complaints.

Contact the Hepatitis Infoline for more information 

Have a question about sex, hepatitis B and consent? Contact the free, confidential Hepatitis Infoline.

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