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Telling others you have hepatitis B

Telling others you have hepatitis B

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Telling others you have hepatitis B


Should I tell anyone if I have hepatitis B? 

In most situations, it’s up to you if you want to tell someone if you have hepatitis B. Below we’ll answer your questions about telling other people you have hepatitis B.

Telling people around you (partners and housemates)

If you have hepatitis B, your doctor will ask about your contact with other people. You or your doctor can then tell these other people they may have been at risk, so that they can get tested and vaccinated. This usually means housemates and people you have had sex with. It is called contact-tracing. Your doctor or Aboriginal Health Worker will keep it confidential. They can test and vaccinate your contacts, without telling them your name.

Do I need to tell healthcare workers?

You do not have to tell healthcare workers (like doctors, nurses and dentists). All healthcare workers have ways of working that they must follow to protect themselves and all their patients from catching viruses and other infections. These do not change if they are treating someone with hepatitis B.

What if I’m planning to have a baby?

If you are planning to have a baby, you should talk with your doctor. You should ask your partner about hepatitis B testing and vaccination. Use condoms until your partner’s vaccination has been completed and they are immune.

Is there anyone I have to tell?

If you work in healthcare, boxing or martial arts, or the military, you may have to tell your employer if you have hepatitis B. You may have to tell your insurance company about infections and illnesses.

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.

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