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Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Wellington

The Candlelight Memorial in Wellington was another beautiful service – a fitting tribute to all the men and women who have lived and fought HIV and AIDS. (Heather’s tribute – an excerpt from the Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Wellington) Held at the Tararua Tramping Club, men and women from within...

Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Auckland

A beautiful service was held at St Matthews in the City in Auckland to commemorate the AIDS Memorial vigil on May 20. Coming together since 1983 to remember the brave men and women who have battled and lost the fight against HIV and AIDS, the memorial is about paying tribute...

A letter to UNAIDS’ leadership

The following op-ed is adapted from a letter sent by Vuyiseka Dubula and 22 other leading women activists to the leadership of UNAIDS. We write as African woman who have been involved in work to end AIDS and gender-based violence in the last few decades.  As activists, and women who...

How cats could help treat HIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is similar to HIV; it attacks a cat’s immune system, making it susceptible to infection. Although FIV and HIV belong to the same group of viruses, FIV cannot be transmitted to humans. Still, because of the similarities between the two viruses, scientists have been studying FIV...

Launch of More to Me; a video poem for International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day this year Positive Women Inc launched a very special video poem for its members and women living with HIV all around the world. A unique and moving insight on what it is really like to be a woman living with HIV and how those three letters...

Annual Auckland Pride Parade 2018

The annual Auckland Pride Parade this year was full of all the things that make this event a festival to remember: love, joy, hope and celebration. It is always such a joy to be a part of this parade and to lend our presence to the universal language of love....

Preventative HIV drug to get Pharmac funding

A drug that can prevent people from contracting HIV will receive funding from Pharmac. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can reduce users’ risk of contacting the HIV virus by more than 90 percent. Pharmac announced on Wednesday that it will fund PrEP under the brand name Truvada from...

PrEP use can reduce HIV stigma in gay communities

A study published ahead of print in the Journal of AIDS reports how earlier prejudice against people who use PrEP has largely been overcome among users of social media hook-up apps in four large US cities. The study also found that people who used PrEP (approximately 11% of participants) were...

Puawai 2017 was a show to remember

The third annual Puawai festival was in a league all of its own. A commitment to togetherness, love and hope the week long festivities held laughter, fun, education, empowerment and a little bit of raunchy awareness Auckland was treated to a spectacular week of shows, workshops, performances and community magic...

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...

PWI’s National Coordinator is now an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Recognised for her tireless efforts working for women living with HIV in Aotearoa, PWI’s National Coordinator Jane Bruning, was awarded the distinction of becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) on August 16, 2017. Dedicated to destigmatising a positive diagnosis and raising awareness about the key...

PWI at the University of Auckland’s Womensfest

It’s always a joy to do something fun and empowering for women. So when PWI was contacted to set up shop at the annual University of Auckland (UoA) Womensfest, we jumped at the chance! Thinking of this as just the right opportunity to reignite some steam in broader awareness and...

Fifth Annual HIV Women’s Seminar 2017

The mainstays of this year’s Annual HIV Women’s Seminar, which took place on June 23rd (at the gorgeous Sorrento in the park here in Auckland), were curbing stigma, staying updated with the latest in the world of HIV treatments, heartfelt personal stories, understanding how new refugees in New Zealand deal...

Paper Dolls Presented to Parliament

On Friday 7th March, Positive Women Inc. presented 200+ paper dolls in support of bringing female condoms to New Zealand to Labour MP Carol Beaumont. The presentation was made on the steps of Parliament early in the morning. This presentation marks the culmination of our three year long Paper Doll...

Cervical Screening

We are embarking on a new project/programme with Well-Women and Family Trust and NZAF Burnette Centre, offering free Cervical Screening for women living with HIV. The Well-Women and Family Trust have a contract with the MoH to provide cervical screening for hard to reach women. You can read more about...