Category Archives: Advocacy

Should I disclose to other health care providers?

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You do not need to disclose your HIV status to other health care services, like naturopaths, chiropractors or masseurs. However, if your HIV status is relevant to the treatment you are obtaining, then disclosing your status may assist you in obtaining the best outcomes. You should discuss any complementary therapies with your HIV specialist doctor to ensure that they will be suitable for you and not interact badly with... Read more

Should I disclose to my dentist?

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You are not legally required to disclose your HIV status to your dentist. However, if your HIV status is relevant to the treatment you are obtaining, then disclosing your status may lead to the best outcomes. Ideally, try and find a dentist who is used to dealing with HIV positive patients so that you will feel comfortable disclosing your status to them. Your HIV specialist doctor may be able to recommend a dentist. ... Read more

If I tell my boss that I’m positive, will it be kept confidential?

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There are no effective privacy protections for information provided to an employer. Employers have a general duty to maintain employee confidentiality. In practice, though, if your employer breaches the duty there may be no way to get a satisfactory remedy. Consider very carefully before disclosing your HIV status, because once you have disclosed, you cannot take the information back. While your current boss or supervisor... Read more

I’m worried about infecting other people at work, should I tell my workmates or my boss?

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Apart from the exceptions listed above, you do not need to disclose your HIV status to your employer. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, and employees also have a duty to protect their own health and safety, and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others in the workplace. Your employer should ensure that Standard Precautions are used if blood or other bodily fluids... Read more

I’m taking a lot of sick days. Do I have to tell my employer that I’m HIV positive?

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You do not need to disclose your HIV status to your employer. Additionally, there is no requirement that your doctor disclose your HIV status on your medical certificate for sick leave. You can ask your doctor not to specify your HIV status on your medical certificate. Note as well that you have no privacy rights in relation to information provided to your employer.Source: HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, Sydney... Read more

What are the exceptions to HIV disclosure in the workplace?

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Health care workers:Only those nurses, dentists and doctors who perform exposure Prone Procedures (ePPs) have to know and disclose their HIV status. EPPs include procedures performed in a confined body cavity where there is poor visibility and a risk of cutting yourself with a sharp tool, or on a tooth or sharp piece of bone. This restriction particularly affects surgeons, operating theatre nurses and dentists. ... Read more

In a private rental, do I need to disclose my HIV status to my landlord or real estate agent?

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No, you do not have to disclose your HIV status to your landlord, and we would advise against it.If you do disclose, it is unlawful for the landlord to treat you less favourably than another tenant on the basis of your HIV status unless you are in shared accommodation with the owner or one of his or her close relatives.Source: HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, Sydney... Read more

Do I have to disclose my HIV status if I apply for government housing?

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You do not have to disclose your HIV status when you apply for public housing. However, if you wish to get priority housing for medical reasons related to your HIV, then you will need to provide supporting evidence that will involve disclosure. Similarly, if you need to live near a particular medical facility, or need a property with adaptations to suit a disability that has resulted from your HIV, then you will need to... Read more

Do I have to tell Centrelink that I am HIV positive?

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You do not have to disclose your HIV status to Centrelink but there are a number of situations where it would be to your benefit to tell them. These are:if you wish to claim Disability support Pension or sickness allowance because you are unable to work due to an HIV related illness. if you are receiving Youth or Newstart allowances and want to be exempted from activity testing because you are sick with an HIV... Read more

Do I have to disclose my HIV status before undergoing a medical examination or procedure or receiving medical treatment?

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There is no legal requirement that you disclose your HIV status before undergoing any type of medical examination or treatment.However, it may be wise to disclose since HIV medications may interact with other medications; or the progression or treatment of other conditions may be affected by HIV infection. Under such circumstances, failure to disclose may lead to serious or even fatal consequences. Your treatment for... Read more