English: The Communicable Diseases Control (Smittskyddslagen) includes a number of infections, often known as ”public health hazards”, that are considered serious and easily spread. The Communicable Diseases Control Law was established as an attempt to stop and prevent the public health hazards.
The following infections are included in the law:
- Hepatitis B & C
If you get one or more of these infections, you’re required to:
- Get tested if you suspect that you’ve an infection listed in the The Communicable Diseases Control.
- Tell the health care professional how you were infected and by whom.
- Receive and accept treatment.
Testing and treatment is free!
If you’ve an infection, you shouldn’t have sex during the time you receive treatment. You’re also obligated to provide details of the person(s) who may have transmitted the infection(s) to you as well as the person(s) you might have transmitted the infection(s) to. You’re completely anonymous towards your partners through the confidentiality of the Communicable Diseases Control, so your partner(s) won’t know who contacted the health care clinic when they are contacted. Also, it means that no one else can find out if you have or have had an infection unless you tell them. It happens from time to time that cases are reported anonymously to the local infectious disease department. If you know that you’ve an STI but don’t get tested, the local infectious disease physician can, with help from police, force you to get tested.