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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...

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...

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...