The issues surrounding infectious diseases are emotive and complex. This is particularly the case given that blood borne infections can be transmitted during body contact and collision sports. Fortunately, there are many practical and common sense steps clubs can take to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission.
Information to help you understand the issue
- Blood borne diseases include HIV and hepatitis B and C.
- Other infectious diseases include tinea (a fungal skin infection), chlamydia, gonorrhoea and scrumpox (bacterial infections), genital warts and herpes (viral infections) and scabies and pubic lice (parasites).
- Although people can be exposed to infection by participating in sport, the risk of acquiring a blood borne virus is extremely low.
- People with blood borne diseases may be gay or straight, married or single, very young (e.g., under 10) or middle aged.
- Not everyone with an infectious diseases knows they have one.
State and Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their disability or impairment (which includes presence in the body of disease-causing organisms such as HIV or hepatitis).
For more detailed information about the law relating to infectious diseases, click here.