NZAF – Celebrating 30 Years

nzafThis year marks 30 years of NZAF’s work. I have been privileged to play only a small part in this journey; some of you have been around from the beginning when the gay community responded to the AIDS crisis. We pass the baton between us in what is a marathon, not a sprint.

Together we’ve seen many milestones: palliative care, the revelation of condom-based prevention (the real life saver), law reform, human rights, the Hui Takatāpui movement and Pride. We’ve had breakthroughs in medication so that HIV is no longer a death sentence, the Love Life Fono, rapid testing and counselling in the community, the Big Gay Out and Love Your Condom ads all over the place. It’s been creative and emotional.

More about our 30th anniversary below, as well as other news about the LYC Big Gay Out, which attracted a great crowd again this year. We’ve also made great headway in HIV and STI testing recently and we’ve had promising talks about reducing HIV medication thresholds. We introduce several new staff and hear from one of our members about why he joined us and why you may want to join him.

Kind regards

Shaun Robinson
Executive Director
New Zealand AIDS Foundation  |  Te Tūāpapa Mate Āraikore o Aotearoa

Celebrating 30 years

Executive Director Shaun Robinson reflects on NZAF’s 30th anniversary as a time to celebrate a marathon effort to lead the world in HIV prevention, while aiming for greater success.

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Another record crowd for LYC Big Gay Out

NZAF estimates a turn-out of 12,000 to 15,000 people again at this year’s signature event. The event doubles as a celebration of the diverse LGBTQI community and an opportunity for LYC to share its HIV prevention messaging.

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HIV testing rates rise

NZAF’s HIV testing is up 17% on last year. The Health Services Team administered 1226 tests in the six months to the end of December 2014 compared to 1040 in the same period the year before.

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Medication threshold set to change

NZAF has been working with doctors and other community groups to try to get the CD4 threshold abolished by Pharmac (the CD4 threshold is the degree to which someone’s immune system has been damaged by HIV before they can access medications).

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Say hi to our new staff

We’ve had several new people join the NZAF whānau in the last few months. We thought we’d introduce them: Jill Beaumont, Judith Mukakayange, Yun Huang and Anthony Walton.

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Are you a member?

Garth Browning talks candidly about why he is a member of NZAF and encourages others to join too. 

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