About

Brought to you by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF), Ending HIV is a community led prevention campaign that aims to mobilise men who have sex with men (MSM) towards the goal of ending new HIV transmission by 2025.

In 2016, after a seeing a concerning increase in new HIV diagnoses among our community we launched Ending HIV and aimed to educate and empower gay and bi men to make choices that are good for their health and well-being. Since our launch we’ve worked hard to connect with those most at risk, support people living HIV and their friends and whanau and brought the community together to own and take responsibility for our sexual health.

Since we began, we’ve witnessed a dramatic decrease in new HIV diagnoses among MSM, but there is still work to do. We will work tirelessly to ensure Ending HIV is effective, inclusive and responds to the communities’ changing needs.

By staying safe, testing often and treating early we can stop HIV in its tracks.

Stay Safe

Condoms and PrEP are a great tools to help you stay safe.

Condoms and lube are the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV and most other STIs. Keeping condoms on our cocks will be a big part of Ending HIV in New Zealand.

For those who struggle with condoms, PrEP is a great option. It is a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99%. It’s important to remember that PrEP only protects from HIV and not other STIs.

Test Often

Sexually active gay and bi guys need to test regularly, especially as research suggests around 1 in 5 guys who are living with HIV in New Zealand don’t know they have the virus because:

Sexually active gay and bi guys need to test regularly, especially as research suggests around 1 in 5 guys who are living with HIV in New Zealand don’t know they have the virus because:

  • It can take a long time before recognisable symptoms of HIV appear.
  • If you don't know you have the virus, you are more likely to pass it on through unprotected sex.

In order to stop new transmission for HIV everyone needs to know their status. Regular testing also means if you test positive for HIV you can access treatment as early as possible.

Testing for HIV has never been easier with free and confidential rapid HIV testing being offered across New Zealand, as well as test delivered in discreet packages to your home. Get a test here.

You can also use our test frequency calculator [Link to frequency calculator] to find out how often you should be testing so you can make it a regular habit.

Treat Early

In order to stop new transmission for HIV everyone needs to know their status. Regular testing also means if you test positive for HIV you can access treatment as early as possible.

Testing for HIV has never been easier with free and confidential rapid HIV testing being offered across New Zealand, as well as test delivered in discreet packages to your home. Get a test here.

You can also use our test frequency calculator [Link to frequency calculator] to find out how often you should be testing so you can make it a regular habit.

If everyone who had HIV knew it and was on treatment, we’d be a long way down the road towards ending HIV transmissions. Treatments these days are effective at suppressing HIV and reducing transmission risk. For many people, effective treatment means achieving an undetectable viral load [U=U] is now possible. 

If you have been diagnosed with HIV and you have not started treatment yet, going on treatment is still the best thing you can do to protect your health and reduce the risk of passing HIV on to others.

What you can do

  • Keep yourself informed about HIV – how it is transmitted and what prevention tools are out there, to keep yourself and your partners safe.
  • Take responsibility for reducing HIV transmission risk when you are having sex, no matter what your status. 
  • Be mindful of how you communicate. When you’re chatting to someone on an app, at a club or anywhere else - consider whether the words you are choosing could be stigmatising.
  • We're always looking for hands-on community support - sign up as a volunteer for Ending HIV and help out at Condom packing nights, Big Gay Out, Pride events, and more.

 Ending HIV is brought to you by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF), New Zealand’s national HIV prevention and health services organisation. We acknowledge the support and partnership of the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) in sharing the Ending HIV Campaign identity and concept with us. It was originally developed by ACON in collaboration with Frost* Design and launched in February 2013 at the Sydney Mardi Gras festival.

 

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