‘Spitting law’ comes with mandatory blood tests

People who spit on police officers may now be forced to undergo blood test after new laws were passed in the NT Monday.

The intention is to protect police officers from the risk of catching HIV and hepatitis from people who may bite, spit or bleed on them while they carry out their duties.

The changes mean mandatory blood tests in situations where "there are grounds for suspecting" that faeces, saliva or blood may have been transferred to a police officer either via broken skin or a mucous membrane.