I saw this in the news today and find it quite concerning in terms of sexual health in NSW. Although this reform is not restricted to STIs, as the article suggests, but concerns any notifiable disease, which I assume is those on National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. This still poses massive issues for those that contract a STI and don’t take whatever “reasonable precautions” are to prevent transmission. “Reasonable precautions” are not spelled out in the article or in the amendments that I could see. This kind of legislation could present as a barrier for people to test and how frequently they test for fear of being fined or imprisoned.
I saw this today and it made me really angry! My ex was HIV positive so I’ve always been pretty passionately against anything that tries to criminalise it in any way.
Its really awful because if you’ve been diagnosed with an STI, the best thing to do (I think) is let anyone who you’ve had sex with recently know about it, so they can get themselves checked too. People will stop doing that if they think they might be accused of spreading a disease and going to prison!