Information for Clients - HE1509

December 2003
This resource relates to the following topics:

Health and safety requirements for brothels, prostitutes, sex workers and their clients under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003.

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December 2003
December 2003
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Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Information for Clients

Clients must take all reasonable steps to use a condom or other safer sex barrier for vaginal, anal, oral or another activity which could transmit sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

If you do not practise safer sex, you could be prosecuted and fined up to $2,000. If you think you may have an STI, contact a doctor, nurse, sexual health service or family planning clinic.

Health and Safety Information for Clients

The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 states that sex workers and their clients must
adopt safer sex practices (by using a condom or other appropriate barrier) to
reduce the risk of getting or passing on sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

Clients and sex workers must not state or imply that a medical examination means they are not infected or likely to be infected with an STI. You may be prosecuted and fined up to $2,000 in a court of law if you do not comply with the Act.

Further Information

If you would like more information and/or health services please contact:

  • Your General Practitioner
  • Sexual Health Services under 'S' in the white pages of your local phone book or details on
  • Family Planning Association on 0800 FPA LINE or
  • Public Health Unit of your local District Health Board
  • Health Education Resources on

To find out more about the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 contact:

  • Ministry of Health
  • New Zealand Prostitutes Collective in the white pages of your local phone book.