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Local HIV transmission decline is great news - despite overall increase in cases

The latest HIV numbers out of the University of Otago AIDS Epidemiology Group may appear at first glance to be a disheartening increase in cases. However, continued decline among cases acquired in New Zealand suggests we remain on a path to ending local HIV transmission.

  • Can I get HIV from sharing a drinking glass with someone living with HIV?
    That's right, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    Nope, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    no
  • Can I get HIV from hugging someone living with HIV?
    That's right, HIV is not transmitted via skin contact.
    Nope, HIV is not transmitted via skin contact.
    no
  • Can I get HIV from eating food prepared by someone living with HIV?
    Correct! No, HIV is not transmitted through saliva and, even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air would destroy the virus.
    No, HIV is not transmitted through saliva and, even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air would destroy the virus.
    no
  • Can pregnant people living with HIV give birth without passing on HIV to their baby?
    That's right, if a pregnant person living with HIV is on effective medication, it is very likely they’ll be able to give birth to an HIV-negative child.
    Nope, thanks to modern medicine pregnant people living with HIV who are on effective treatment can often give birth without transmitting HIV to their baby.
    yes
  • Can I get HIV from having sex with someone living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load?
    That's right, having an undetectable viral load means that HIV cannot be transmitted sexually - even without condoms
    Nope, having an undetectable viral load means that HIV cannot be transmitted sexually - even without condoms
    no
  • Can I get HIV from kissing someone living with HIV?
    That's right, HIV is not transmitted through saliva and it can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with an HIV positive person.
    Nope, HIV is not transmitted through saliva and it can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with an HIV positive person.
    no
  • Can I get HIV sharing a swimming pool with someone living with HIV?
    That's right, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    Nope, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    no
  • Can I get HIV from someone living with HIV sneezing near me?
    That's right, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    Nope, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.
    no
  • Can I get HIV from getting semen or vaginal fluids on my skin?
    That's right, HIV is not transmitted through the skin and HIV starts to die very quickly after being exposed to the open air.
    Nope, HIV is not transmitted through the skin - also HIV starts to die very quickly after being exposed to the open air.
    no

FACTS & MYTHS

FACTS & MYTHS

That's right, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.

FACTS & MYTHS

Can I get HIV from sharing a drinking glass with someone living with HIV?

FACTS & MYTHS

FACTS & MYTHS

Nope, HIV can only be transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, breastfeeding and/or direct blood to blood contact with someone living with HIV.

Our Impact

  • 792,000.00;

    Condoms distributed

    Condoms remain a cornerstone of the HIV prevention response in Aotearoa.

  • 6,172.00;

    Total HIV tests provided

    Knowing your status is the best way to own your sexual health and wellbeing. It’s always better to know.

  • 2,600.00;

    Active volunteers

    Our volunteer network is an important part of being able to do the work we do.

The NZAF network

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