English: The Communicable Diseases Act (Smittskyddslagen) includes a number of infections, often known as ”public health hazards”, that are considered serious and easily spread. The Communicable Diseases Act was established as an attempt to stop and prevent the public health hazards.
The following STIs are included in the law:
• Hepatitis B
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 Disease Act.
- Tell the health care professional how you suspect you were infected and by whom.
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 Act, 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. Cases are reported anonymously to the local infectious disease department. If you know that you’ve an STI you have to by law get tested.