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Can I be refused access to sexual health advice or information because of my disability?

Video: Can I be refused access to sexual health advice or information because of my age or disability? 

You have the right to get information from professionals about sex and sexual health that other people your age can get. This information might be about things other people your age need to know. For example, how people have babies and not have babies, and how to have safe sex. It might also include extra information about how your disability can affect sex, and how to make things easier for you.

You can ask your doctor about this information. You have a right to information that other people your age can get. Doctors can’t refuse to tell you about sex or give you sexual health care just because you have a disability. If a doctor does this, you can complain to the Office of the Health Services Commissioner.

If other people at your school are learning about these things, your teacher or principal can’t ask you not to do these classes just because you have a disability. Bu they can ask you not to go to these classes if your parents wrote a letter saying that you shouldn’t go. If your school is taking you out of your sex education classes because you have a disability, you can contact the Youth Disability Advocacy Service for help. Or you can complain to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

If you live in a Community Residential Unit (CRU), the Department of Human Services (DHS) has to follow the Personal Relationships, Sexuality and Sexual Health Policy and Guidelines. This policy says that support workers should help you get information about sex and your body. If your support worker can’t give you this information, they must find somebody who can. If a support worker won’t help you get information about sex, you can complain to the Disability Services Commissioner.

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