I'm a sex worker, can I still offer my services if I have a STI?

In the ACT Sex Workers, privately or at a brothel, are not permitted to provide services if they know that they have an STI.

It is not illegal to work with hepatitis C. If you work for a brothel, all reasonable steps need to be made by the owner to ensure that you do not work while infected with any STIs.

It is illegal to use the results of a medical test, or the fact of having had a medical test, or to show a client an attendance certificate, to imply that a worker is free of STIs. (s26.2)

If owners and workers don’t take the precaution of STI tests, or lie about having a test, or lie about not-having an STI, they could face a fine. (S26)

To reduce the chances of viral hepatitis, HIV and STI transmission, condoms must be worn for all penetrative sex. It is illegal to perform penetrative sex without a condom, for both the worker and the client. If the client interferes with or tries to remove the prophylactic during sexual intercourse they may be charged.

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