Greens call for Minister of Transport to apologise to people living with HIV AIDS
The Greens NSW Spokesperson for Transport, Dr Mehreen Faruqi has called for an investigation into NSWTrainlink after an incident earlier this week, where a southbound train was evacuated after an injured man bleeding from a gash on his leg told rail staff he had AIDS.
Faruqi has also called for the Minister for Transport to issue an apology to people living with HIV and AIDS and a commitment to provide training for staff.
“The Minister for Transport must investigate the incident, make an apology to people living with HIV/AIDS and undertake to train staff to ensure such an incident does not ever happen again.
“The idea that someone with HIV/AIDS who injures their leg is a public health risk to a whole train is both an out-dated and dangerous idea," said Faruqi.
“I am very distressed by what has happened and can only imagine how upset the LGBTI community and those living with HIV/AIDS must be feeling."
Faruqi stressed the stigma people living with HIV often faced, and said incidents such as the one that occurred on the Wollongong train threatened to 'unravel" the positive work done in changing the public's percxeption of people living with the illness.
“Even basic HIV education tells us that someone with an injured leg is no risk to a whole trainload of people”, she concluded.