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HIV Transmission and prevention

01May17
HIV transmission has reached a new record high of 244 cases in New Zealand in 2016. This follows a consistent upward trend that has been happening since 2011. Most of the cases 159 or 65% were amongst men who have sex with men with the majority 98 or 61.6% of these infections taking place within New Zealand. Amongst the Heterosexual population there were 42 new diagnoses with 11 of these infections being local.

For people not diagnosed and infected locally they may have been living with HIV for a period of time and have been engaged in care elsewhere and have just returned to New Zealand (from Australia or the UK for example) and their diagnosis is defined as “new” to New Zealand. We will always have these types of new diagnosis as people are allowed to migrate to NZ while living with HIV – which is a good thing. Read More...

Body Positive is extending their Peer Navigation Programme to provide local support to people living with HIV throughout New Zealand

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No one understands the reality of living with HIV better than someone who experiences it every day. Peer Navigators - specially trained members of the community who are living with HIV - support others who are learning to cope with the daily challenges of living with HIV. Read More...

Undetectable equals Uninfectious (U=U)

25Jan17
Body Positive is celebrating the most significant development in the HIV world since the advent of effective combination therapy 20 years ago – people living with HIV who maintain undetectable viral loads through adherence to treatment can confidently declare to their sexual partners “I’m not infectious!”  Read More...

Pharmac funds new HIV drug in New Zealand - Dolutegravir (Tivicay)

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Body Positive is thankful to Pharmac for adding Dolutegravir (Tivicay) to its list of Anti-Retroviral for the treatment of HIV effective November 1st 2016. Dolutegravir is a relatively new drug which was approved by Medsafe in 2014. Read More...

$38 Million to Pharmac

06May16
Body Positive applauds the recent injection of much needed funds into Pharmac to improve access to medications. New Zealand has fallen behind international standards in relation to the care of HIV and these additional funds provide an opportunity to move back to a world class health system and provide people with modern choices in the treatment of HIV. Read More...

World Health Organisation's new guideline on antiretrovirals

01Oct15
Body Positive applauds the World Health Organisation's (WHO) early release of their new guideline on antiretrovirals. Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, WHO announced Wednesday. With its 'treat-all' recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV; all populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment. Read More...

Auckland Health Alert - Syphilis

22Jun15
An important message to men who have sex with men in the Auckland Area

Body Positive has received an update from the Auckland Sexual Health Service that there is a serious increase in syphilis among men who have sex with men in the Auckland Area.

Half of syphilis cases show no symptoms and can only be detected through testing. If you are sexually active it is important that you ensure your GP conducts testing for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. Body Positive provides Rapid Testing for Syphilis throughout the week at BP House in Auckland and also hosts a free Sexual Health Clinic on Tuesday afternoons. Read More...

Latest NZ figures show a rise in annual HIV diagnoses

04June15
The latest figures for HIV in NZ shows the highest number of diagnoses for Gay and Bi-men since the HIV epidemic began. There has been a consistent increase over the past 3 years. In addition there is a marked increase in the number of recent local infections over previous years which may indicate an increase in recent transmission. While this shows that people are testing earlier and are taking control of their health it raises concerns over the increasing number of people now living with HIV. With more people being diagnosed with HIV and people now living longer through improved clinical care we now have 2900 people living with HIV in NZ at the end of 2014. Read More...

Māori Wāhine living with HIV makes international list of 15 HIV advocates to watch in 2015

07Jan15
Marama Pala, Executive Director of INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation, Māori woman living with HIV was listed in marksking.com international list of 15 HIV advocates to watch in 2015.

“This is a first for New Zealand and Indigenous peoples” says Marama Pala, “To be listed as an international advocate and be represented on these high profile committees. Being included as a vulnerable population is all we’ve wanted on an International scale” The rise of HIV infections amongst Indigenous Populations continues to create a concern internationally. Read More...

MEDIA RELEASE - CEO of Body Positive Inc. to retire

15Aug14
The Board of Body Positive Inc. announces that after more than 20 years of service to the organisation, Chief Executive Officer Bruce Kilmister will retire from BP at the end of this year.

Bruce’s first involvement in BP was so long ago that no records are available to confirm exactly when that was. However, he has certainly been a Member of Body Positive from the mid-nineties, which is a far back as we can go in the archives. In the late nineties Bruce volunteered his time at Body Positive and was Chairman for the next five or six years, when he took up a permanent position of employment at Body Positive in the role of CEO. Read More...