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Mega T-shirt auction to raise money for HIV awareness

Kicking of the port city’s huge lineup of events leading up to World AIDS Day this year is a celebrity T-shirt auction being held at The Vodka Room in fashionable Ponsonby, Auckland. The brains and management behind this event goes by the name LiveAID Australasia and it is breaking new...

Scoop.co.nz generates pre-event buzz for 2017’s Puawai’s festival

We’re super excited and super charged at the buzz that is being created for the upcoming Puawai festival, which features a unique collaboration between Positive Women Inc, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Body Positive. A series of events are lined up in the running to World AIDS Day, 2017...

People on HIV medication cannot transmit the virus, declares CDC

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has declared that HIV-positive people taking effective medication to suppress the virus cannot pass it on through sex, and that it will update its guidelines accordingly. The landmark step by the US public health institute follows years of clinical trials showing that those using effective anti-retroviral...

HIV treatment breakthrough creates antibody that attacks 99 per cent of virus’ strains

An antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains has been developed by scientists for the first time. The “exciting breakthrough” could eventually lead to treatment or even prevent transmission of the virus, with trials on humans due to get underway in 2018. Experiments on 24 monkeys injected with HIV showed none developed the virus...

HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2017

Informative, educational and enlightening – these are just some of the words to best describe this year’s HIV Treatments Update Seminar. Taking place on August 25 at the Clinical Education Centre in Auckland City Hospital and organised by Body Positive, the seminar was a lineup of seasoned healthcare practitioners, working...

HIV rates climbing among over-50s in UK and Europe, researchers warn

HIV rates are climbing in the over-50s in the UK and across Europe, while the rate of new infections among younger people is dropping, according to new research which warns that the epidemic may be taking a new direction. The study, from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in...