Breaking down barriers for people with HIV/AIDS in our community

Abigail spoke about World Aids Day and the need for direct Government action to break down barriers that people with HIV/AIDS face every day.

Abigail said:

(1) That this House notes that:

(a) Wednesday 1 December 2021 is World AIDS Day, a day which pays respect to all people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS, and raises awareness of the challenges, discrimination and marginalisation faced by people living with HIV; and

(b) this year's theme is Ending Inequalities, which highlights the urgent need for governments to take bold action against economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics across the world, in line with our international commitment to end AIDS by 2030.

(2) That this House further notes that:

(a) the 2019 HIV Futures 9 study by La Trobe University found that, of those living with HIV, 25.7 per cent reported HIV-based discrimination in relation to health services, 25 per cent in relation to insurance, 18.8 per cent in relation to employment and 8 per cent in relation to accommodation; and

(b) according to a report by ACON entitled Ending HIV-Related Stigma For All, published in 2020, people living with HIV who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, migrants, of colour, culturally and linguistically diverse, and/or transgender or gender diverse are disproportionately impacted by inequalities as well as discrimination.

(3) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to working toward breaking down barriers for people with HIV/AIDS in our community, and take immediate action through policy and practice to address the structural inequalities that obstruct solutions to prevention, treatment and support.

 

You can find the full transcript on Hansard, here.

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