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Why does the Mandatory Blood Testing Act (MBTA) exist?

The intention of the MBTA is to protect those who may have been exposed to the blood or body fluids of others. It allows individuals who are eligible to apply to request the person whose blood they were exposed to, to submit to a blood test and to share the results. Where the person refuses the request, an order may be written to make the person submit to the testing and to share the results.

Under the Act, testing can be ordered for hepatitis B, C and HIV, although the Act allows for the addition of other diseases.

Where can I get more information?

Here are some resources about this legislation that may be helpful:

Mandatory Blood Testing Act – directs the process for blood testing.

Ontario Regulation 449/07 – sets the requirements and procedures which must be followed with respect to an order for compulsory blood testing.

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services – provides additional information.

Health Unit staff are available to answer questions and provide support. Please email Your Health Connection or call 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) and ask for Sexual Health at extension 8376.

If you have experienced an exposure to another person’s blood or body fluids, it is important that you be assessed by a health care provider to determine your risk to infection and to get appropriate and timely treatment to prevent transmission of disease.

Staff at the Simcoe Muskoka District health Unit can provide information and support related to an accidental exposure to another person’s blood or body fluids.

Call the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday 8:30 -4:30 and ask to speak with a nurse in the sexual health program. For after-hours help about an exposure, call 1-888-225-7851.

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