Lastest News at Positive Women


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 them on their website: While women living with HIV are not necessarily hard to reach, as a high(er) risk population for cervical cancer, the Well-Women and Family Trust have agreed to include women living with HIV in their programme. The actual screening will be undertaken by Hillary Gerrad who experience of working with women living with HIV and is a qualified nurse and cervical screener. The testing will be done at the Well-Women Clinic in Western Springs which is fully equipped to do the screening, so it is all very professional, safe and women friendly. The first clinic is to be held on the 23rd of August 2016 in Auckland. At this point it is for Auckand women only but we are looking at other options for those in the regions. Another possibility is to have a mobile screening van at the 2017 Women's Seminar.


National HIV Testing Month
This May marks NZAF's inaugural National HIV Testing Month. It is an awareness campaign to increase rates of HIV testing among gay and bi guys, who account for eighty percent of HIV infections in New Zealand each year. For more information, go here

PWI Urges Caution with HIV Self-Testing Kits
As the news of the first legally approved HIV self-testing kits going on sale in the U.K. is being broadcast in New Zealand, Jane Bruning, National Coordinator of Positive Women Inc., the national support organisation for women and families living with HIV and AIDS, wants the public to be aware of the problems of using these kits. Read our full Press Release here

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 17th
More than just a memorial, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations. There are events on in Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Go to our Upcoming Events page for more information.

Positive Women Inc. marched in the 2015 Auckland Pride Parade
On Saturday 21st of February, a merry band of 20 ladies came together to represent PWI at the Pride Parade. The overall theme of the parade was Gods and Monsters so we dressed accordingly - the monsters representing stigma and discrimination, the Goddesses representing the sentiments of love, hope, solidarity, acceptance, community, dignity, respect, peace, unity, support, harmony, and empathy. We marched in solidarity and support of the LGBTQIA community as well as supporting women living with HIV. It was a wonderful event - joyous and uplifting. Check out our photo gallery of the event here


PWI's Dear Friend Bruce Kilmister Resigning as Executive Director of Body Positive
At the end of this year Bruce is stepping down from leading Body Positive after two decades of tireless work for People Living with HIV in New Zealand. All of us here at Positive Women Inc. are wish him well for this next stage of his life and he will be sorely missed. To Bruce Kilmister - a true gentleman warrior!
Welcome to the new Executive Director, Mark Fisher.

PWI Presenting at a Health Committee Meeting on Subsidising Female Condoms
Our National Coordinator, Jane, is presenting at Parliament on Wednesday 5th November as part of a health committee meeting on subsidising the cost of female condoms. Read the NZ Herald article highlighting our stance here

2014 HIV Women's Seminar 
This year's seminar was well attended and well received. You can read the presentations from the day here.

Gardasil Vaccine is Now Free for People Living with Diagnosed HIV Aged Under 26
Check out the article here

We Did It! Female Condoms Finally Given the Stamp of Approval in NZ
Positive Women Inc. is very pleased to announce that Tony Ryall, Minister of Health has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 to allow for the sale of female condoms within New Zealand. Read the full press release here

Article on Female Condoms making a Comeback
When an article about female condoms appears in the "Life & Style" section of a news site, you know it's inching closer to the mainstream and to acceptance! PWI was way ahead of the curve on this one. Click to read the article on here

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 campaign. Read the media coverage here.


Prestigious Award for Female Condom Programme
Congratulations to the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC) who have won the Public-Private-Partnership Award in Holland which celebrates successful partnerships between the Dutch government and organisations. More info here.

Positive Women Inc. Secures Large Grant from the M·A·C AIDS Fund
Just in time for World AIDS Day on Sunday December 1st, Positive Women Inc. has been granted $93,000 from the M·A·C AIDS Fund for their work supporting women and families living with HIV and AIDS in New Zealand. Read the full press release here

All We Want for Christmas Is Access to Female Condoms
Sunday December 1st marks World AIDS Day where people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. This year Positive Women Inc. is bringing attention to the female condom and the Paper Doll Campaign calling for the government to make the female condom available and subsidised in New Zealand. Read the full press release here

The Woman Who Eats Weeds
Friend of PWI, Julia Sich, is the star of the short video "The Women Who Eats Weeds". Check it out here

Yay for Jacob
Article on friend of PWI, Jacob Feenstra. He talks about coming out about his HIV positive status. He is training for the Auckland Half Marathon as part of the NZAF's "Running For Zero" team. Check out the article here

International Women's Day
We celebrated women's achievements on International Women's Day Friday 8th March. We were invited by the Zonta Club to have a display at the Auckland Town Hall with other Auckland women's groups. Mayor Len Brown and Auckland City Councillor Sandra Coney spoke.
In a message from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, he says ending violence against women is critical to ending AIDS.  Read the full press release here.

Helen Clark's Interview on Violence Against Women
Former Prime Minster and current UNDP Administrator Helen Clark speaks on violence against women for "One Billion Rising" ahead of International Women's Day on Friday March 8th. Go here to view the short video.

Women Out Loud
In a new report, entitled Women Out Loud, UNAIDS explores the impact of HIV on women and the instrumental role women living with the virus are playing to end AIDS. It includes the latest data and commentary from some of the leading advocates on women and HIV. Jane Bruning, our National Coordinator, co-authored the first chapter. Check it out here.

Updated World Vision Resource Includes PWI's Digital Stories
Our 2010 Digital Stories have been included as New Zealand case studies in the updated version of World Vision's Geography NCEA level 2 resource, Facing the Global Challenge. To find out more, visit the World Vision education store here.

Believe It. Do It. The New UNIADS campaign
Activists, mothers, people living with HIV, celebrities and other world citizens join hands around a global plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. Read about UNAIDS' new campaign here and watch a short video about it here


SOPHIE'S WORLD - Journeys of the Lost Soul (Book)
A mother's nightmare turns into an inspiring message to the world: Explore the poignant and tear-jerking episode of Sophie's World as it illustrate the heart-wrenching trials and tribulations of a pregnant woman who had been told that she had only five years to live. Find out the kinds of compromises she had to endure in order to continue on with her life, despite all those long periods of travail and agony. See how the unwavering strength and endurance of a woman can surpass even the most unimaginable tragedies. An eye-opening reading experience. This core-shaking book will definitely make you appreciate life all over again.
For more information click here.
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National News on Childcare and Boy with HIV
Great response by Dr Mark Thomas. Click here to watch
Positive Women Inc. and INA (Maori, Indigenous and Pacific Islands HIV/AIDS Foundation) members speak out over HIV+ child banned from Day Care Centre, click here to watch.

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, officially opens Positive Women Inc.'s Community House
Mr Sidibe was in New Zealand for a short visit with the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who was also present for the opening. For more about this significant event that took place on the eve of International Women's Day, March 7th 2012, read the articles on the UNAIDS website here and TVNZ online here.


Documentary about Women and HIV Criminalisation
Check out "Perpetuating Stigma", a short documentary that challenges the prevailing characterisation of women in stories about HIV criminalisation as unwitting victims of HIV-positive men rather than of the criminal laws themselves. You can view the In The Life Media documentary on their website here.

Paper Doll Campaign Workshop
Check out the online article about the Paper Doll Campaign workshop that was held in August 2011 in Whangarei. Click here.

Open Door Documentary
If you didn’t catch the Open Door documentary on Positive Women screened on TVNZ7 back in April 2011, you can now check it out on the Open Door website. Click here

Congratulations to Jane
Positive Women’s National Coordinator has been named as UNAID’s new NGO Delegate for Asia Pacific for the 2011-2012 term. Read more here.