VENEREAL DISEASE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Treatment of venereal disease in declared districts

   4   Prohibition of advertisements, etc

   5   Penalties

   6   Regulations

   7   Minister may amend monetary penalties

 

THE VENEREAL DISEASE ACT

[Date of Commencement: 15th July, 1937]

Cap 407.

Act 7 of 2011.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Venereal Disease Act.

2   Interpretation

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   In this Act "venereal disease" means syphilis, gonorrhoea or soft chancre.

3   Treatment of venereal disease in declared districts

    (1) A person shall not in a declared district, unless he is a duly Registered Medical Practitioner, treat any person for venereal disease or prescribe any remedy therefor, or give any advice in connection with the treatment thereof, whether the advice is given to the person to be treated or to any other person.

   (2) The Minister, whenever he is satisfied that proper provision has been made in any parish, or any part thereof, for the treatment of persons residing therein for venereal disease, may from time to time by order published in the Gazette declare any parish, or part thereof, to be a declared district within the meaning of this section, and thereupon such parish, or part thereof, shall be deemed to be a declared district within the meaning of this section until the order declaring the same to be such a district shall be revoked.

4   Prohibition of advertisements, etc

   (1) A person shall not by any advertisement or any public notice or announcement treat or offer to treat any person for venereal disease, or prescribe or offer to prescribe any remedy therefor, or offer to give or give any advice in connection with the treatment thereof.

   (2) A person shall not hold out or recommend to the public by any notice or advertisement, or by any written or printed papers or handbills, or by any label, or words written or printed affixed to or delivered with, any packet, box, phial, bottle or other enclosure containing the same, any pills, capsules, powders, lozengers, tinctures, potions, cordials, plasters, electuaries, unguents, salves, ointments, drops, lotions, oils, spirits, medicated herbs and waters, chemical and officinal preparations, surgical or electrical appliances whatsoever, to be used or applied externally or internally as medicines or medicaments or treatment for the prevention, cure, or relief of any venereal disease:

   Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to any advertisement, notification, announcement, recommendation or holding out made or published by or with the sanction of the Chief Medical Officer.

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